Reading the Word
Psalm 37:21–26 (ESV)
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; 22 for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; 24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. 26 He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Generosity comes naturally for the Christian. We want to show the love of Christ to the world. After all, our Lord told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. He also said to do for others as we would have them do for us.
This psalm gives us another reason that we should be generous towards others. We can be a blessing towards others because we know that God will take care of us. He will provide our daily bread (v. 25) and he will hold our hand to keep us from stumbling (v. 24). Even when the wicked borrow and do not repay, we know that God is faithful and will provide for our needs.
Let us be people known for our generosity towards others that they may know the love of Christ. Let us trust in the Lord to provide for us each day and let us remember that all we have comes from him and is to be used for his glory.
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