His, Ours, Theirs
Verse 9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
One of the ways that the righteous live out their worship is caring for those who don’t have much. Generosity is one of the signs of a genuine believer.
Jesus said that it was not easy for a rich man to get to heaven. That is because it is so easy to make our life about our money instead of about Him. The psalmist says that the righteous person doesn’t hoard what God gives them, but gives to those in need. Not only do they help those in need, they do it generously. Freely giving was a characteristic of Jesus that showed His righteousness.
This giving to the needy isn’t about doing a good deed. It is more of living out our love of God. The righteous know that what they have is not their own. Everything we own is God’s and therefore we need to know that He has use for it over and above our needs.
Sometimes the needs of others are obvious and other times we need to have our eyes at the ready to see the need He brings our way. Sometimes it is giving money to a person in need but there are other ways that we are to help those in need. Near every town or city has an organization set up to collect for the needy and hand out the items needed to meet their needs. There are times when this is the wise way to help as these organization do the needed leg work to see who truly needs the help.
When we start thinking about it as using God’s money for His purposes we will lose the need to be so possessive over our income. Of course this is not to say that we shouldn’t take care of our own bills but maybe knowing that the funds we have are not our own will help us think about how we are spending it. Maybe we have bills that He doesn’t want us to have because He knows that our hunger for stuff is more about our mission in life than it is about His kingdom.
Our key verse for the day ends with the result of living a life of righteous generosity. The mention of a horn is a reference to the dignity that comes with living the righteous life. We should always desire to live for His dignity.
Making It Personal
How would you describe your giving to the needy? Do you look for people to help? How do you view the finances you have?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to be needy? What is a way you can help the needy? Do you have to have money to help people?
Father, we thank You for all the ways that You care for our needs. Help us to see the needs of those around us so that we can help them using what You have provided us with. In Jesus’ name, amen.