Wisdom from the Psalms

 

Psalms 74:21
O let the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

A government official was asked why more wasn’t being done for the poor and starving. He answered, “We have no right to impose our culture on their chosen life-style. These people do nothing to better themselves, so they must want to live as they do. What should we be expected to do, in a case like that?”

Why do we look for ways to shame the poor and destitute? Of course, there are a few who are poor because they choose nothing better for their lives, but they are a distinct minority. All too often, poor people are made out to be lazy, evil, and greedy, when nothing could be further from the truth. The poor are our brothers and sisters, and they are worthy of our help, just because Christ said so. God blesses the poor and those who help them. Take hold of your blessing. Help someone in need.

Prayer: All your children deserve dignity and respect. Let me give all people the respect th at I would give You, Lord. Humble my heart when I feel myself looking down on those around me. Amen.

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