This post is part of the book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary
You’re in God’s Thoughts
As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
The comfort of God’s afflicted people is grounded in the reality and truth of the gospel. When life has overwhelmed us, we need to flee to our only hope. The word means good news and it’s as much good news on the mountain top as in the valley. Actually, in the valley it’s even more treasured.
The root of the gospel goes infinitely deep: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer. 31:3). When God set His love upon His people, we weren’t even born.
In his famous commentary, Matthew Henry wrote: “That man was made last of all the creatures, that it might not be suspected that he had been, any way, a helper to God in the creation of the world.” The same is true with the gospel. Long before you and I were born, long before anything had been created, God, knowing all our future sins and backslidings, loved us with “an everlasting love.” Will that now change? Will He not continue His faithfulness to us?
That’s why, when we’re poor and needy, we can still say, “But the Lord takes thought for me,” because it’s ultimately not dependent on us. His love for us is grounded in Him alone. Since He’s unchanging, His love for us is unchanging.
Interestingly, this psalm is in reference to Christ, as the author of Hebrews stated: “In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart’” (v. 7-8).
Just like Jesus said that His “power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9), even so His great work of salvation is revealed in our spiritual poverty and necessities. Didn’t Jesus state: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3)?
Will you rest in the gospel today? Will you dig deep to discover the infinite root of God’s love for you? Your spiritual poverty and necessities aren’t a curse. They are a blessing to discover more of Jesus and His finished work.
Jesus, thank You that Your infinite riches are a perfect match for my spiritual necessities.
The Devotional Writer