"You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake." Deuteronomy 15:10
While reading the first eighteen verses of Deuteronomy, I thought what a gracious way to live. If anyone is in need, help them; don't be hard-hearted or tightfisted. Do so ungrudgingly because God will bless you in your obedience. When someone who is in financial trouble agrees to work for you, even as a slave, bless him when he leaves. Don't let him leave empty handed but bless him with what God has blessed you. Verse eighteen ends with "So the LORD your God will bless all that you do."
This portion of Deuteronomy 15 is a good commentary on 1 Corinthians 16:14 where Paul says, "Let all that you do be done in love." Seems to be another way of saying "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Father, You bless me every day from Your provisions in an obvious act of love. May I have the same heart with those You place in my life.
The title of this Psalm, "A Prayer Of One Afflicted, When He Is Faint And Pours Out His Complaint Before The LORD" is an encouragement to me. Do you ever complain to the LORD? I must quickly confess that I do. My encouragement comes from the fact that there must be an appropriate way to bring my complaints before the LORD since He included this Psalm in His Word to us.
Unfortunately, I think most of our complaints to God are different than this one. It seems that my complaints focus on the first eleven verses and don't get to verse twelve. In the first eleven verses, the Psalmist lays out his complaints. But verse twelve changes the entire direction of the Psalm.
"But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations." The Psalmist turns his focus to Whom he is addressing his complaints; the One who actually can and does involve Himself in the lives of His people for their good. The Psalm closes with this thought, "You are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you."
LORD God, forgive me for making my complaints to You so much more than twelve verses. Holy Spirit, please quickly remind me to Whom I am complaining. Please help me quickly get to "But you, O LORD."