Tuesday, April 6

Have regard for the weak

Scripture: Joshua 2, Psalm 41, Romans 9

Psalm 41:1 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.


David begins this psalm with a blessing (“happy are”) for those who regard the weak.  The Hebrew word means the “low, powerless, helpless, poor, weak, insignificant.”  Those on the margins, the overlooked, the easily forgotten.

God promises to care for those who care for “the least of these.”  


It’s been said that a society will be judged by its care for the most vulnerable, the weak and powerless.  The same is true of individuals.  In Matthew 25, Jesus portrayed the final judgment as a referendum on how we treated “the least of these”: the hungry and thirsty, the foreigner or stranger, the naked and homeless, the sick, the prisoner.  

I tend to see the weak as those who need something from me.  If I’m in a giving mood, fine.  If I’m stressed, weary, pinched…I’d rather not be bothered.  

I’m reminded this morning that on His way to the cross, Jesus stopped for a blind beggar named Bartimaeus.  Bart was the weak, marginalized, poor, overlooked.  But he was not overlooked by Jesus, who heard his cry and stopped to care for him.  Blessed are those who have regard for the weak.

Today, I want to be ready to stop and care for the weak…whether I feel like it or not.  I’m open for business.


Prayer: Lord, forgive me for my proud heart that can look down on the needy.  Instead, give me Your heart of compassion, and help me to stop and care.