Psalm 41 The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed.

I said, “Lord, be merciful to me;
Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
My enemies speak evil of me:
“When will he die, and his name perish?”
And if he comes to see me, he speaks lies;
His heart gathers iniquity to itself;
When he goes out, he tells it.

All who hate me whisper together against me;
Against me they devise my hurt.
“An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him.
And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread,
Has lifted up his heel against me.

But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up,
That I may repay them.

By this I know that You are well pleased with me,
Because my enemy does not triumph over me.
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,
And set me before Your face forever.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Those who treat others in lesser circumstances, be it mental, financial, physical, or anything else, with kindness and compassion receive blessing from God. Even though sometimes such loving people go through difficult trials in their life, God’s blessing still remains on them. They often possess a much healthier mindset towards their tribulations and know that in the end they will be safe.

Sometimes we fall into problems because of a sin. This doesn’t change God’s love for us. For many of us, we know this concept in our heads, but don’t really begin to comprehend what this means. Our sins come with consequences, but those do not entail prolonged isolation and rejection from God if we repent of those sins. On a personal note, I have noticed that if I struggle with a sin, or catch myself sinning, I tend to turn away from God instead of moving towards Him. That needs to be avoided because it creates unnecessary distance from God and prevents us from truly repenting. As David stated in this Psalm, “As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever.” In order to conquer the sin that tries to isolate us from God, we must instead counteract that tendency and work towards being closer to God.

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