"I [David] have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing (בְּרָכָה)." - Psalm 37:25-26
Averil and I have been pondering over this psalm for a couple of weeks now. It is truly incredible. It is so encouraging to read during these crazy times.
These two verses in particular have always been a favourite of mine. From them we learn that David was old when he wrote this psalm. After years of experience walking with God, he reflected on the fact that the righteous always have enough. When his own son Absalom rebelled against him, God provided food for David and his men on the other side of the Jordan. Come to think of it, David was in the wilderness a lot, and he and his men never went hungry. So David was speaking from experience.
Our God is watching over us, just as he watched over David and his men. We may lose our jobs, but we will never go hungry. It is so hard to trust God sometimes. But we must come back to the realisation that we don't need much. We need water, food, shelter, our family, and our community. Everything else is unnecessary. We have been truly blessed with all our possessions. We may lose them someday, and that's okay. We won't go hungry, and we have each other. Most importantly we have a relationship with God who will never abandon us.
It is our responsibility to lend to one another generously. The promise from this is that our children will be a blessing. We give, and our children become a blessing. I don't know how God gets from that point A to that point B, but he does. That's our God. He will reward generosity in ways we cannot imagine.
Father, thank you that we won't have to beg bread. You provide for all of your saints, wherever they are in this world. You are the King. You've got our back. Thank you for that. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman