It has been a while since we last had an encouraging word especially written for the poor and needy; and today, I feel led to minister to those of us who are feeling a little strapped, a little short, a little unloved and a little neglected. If this is you, then let us have Jesus minister to us through these words of David.

“Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and distressed, needy and desiring.” Psalm 86:1 [AMPC]

It is difficult for some of us to think of David as ever being poor and distressed, needy and desiring. That’s because the two most common images of David are that of David the carefree shepherd boy and David the ruler of Israel; none of which had any need to speak of.

Yet if given more time, we recall the times when David was persecuted by Saul. And even after he had become king, his own mismanagement of his household turned brother against brother and sons against father, resulting in quite a fair bit of distress for David.

And isn’t this quite like us? For a time, we may have been riding on cloud nine; king of our world for a season. Everything we touched turned to gold. Nothing could faze us, nothing stood in our way. But all too soon, all that vanished like a puff of smoke, and what is left isn’t even nearly a shadow of what was; and we are left wondering what on earth happened.

Well, if this is you, take heart. You are not the first, you are not the only one and you most certainly not be the last to take the train from riches to rags. So let’s see what our Father has in store for us.

“Preserve my life, for I am holy;
You are my God;
Save Your servant who trusts in You!” Psalm 86:2

When trials come, when troubles assail, the first thing we must always bear in mind is the fact that we are holy. Indeed, we are

“…godly and dedicated;…” Psalm 86:2 [AMPC]

“…godly and faithful;…” Psalm 86:2 [AMP]

For just like David,

“…haven’t I lived a good life?...” Psalm 86:2 [MSG]

We have, haven’t we? We go to church, we give our offering, we tithe, we don’t curse, we do charity; we do all those things and more all the time, don’t we? Oh you don’t? Ah, now that’s where the problem is, isn’t it? You haven’t led a good enough life so that’s why you are being punished. For didn’t Jesus say that you needed to do all those things in order to qualify for His protection and provision?

“Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29

Oh, He didn’t. All you needed to do is believe. But how can that be?

““Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”” Ezekiel 18:23

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

So it is little wonder then that

“…God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Beloved child of God, though I may jest in the line of reasoning that I took, it belies a very important message; one that is fundamental to us being able to face our troubles. You see, if you think that because you have lived a sordid life, God is therefore out to get you and punish you, then there really is no hope for you, is there? You are fighting against God. You can never outrun or hide from His wrath.

And the world wants us thinking that way whenever it throws trouble our way; yes, I said it, the world is the one that’s throwing trouble our way; because if God is not out to get us, and even takes no pleasure even in the death of the wicked, but that they should turn from their ways and live; how much more must He be surely looking upon us with love, wanting to give us only the best, ESPECIALLY during our times of need?

Since “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”” John 6:29

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

So “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

Remember beloved, especially when you are down and out, amongst a great many other promises of provision and protection, Jesus said this.

“And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].” John 14:13-14 [AMP]

‘I Myself’, says Jesus, will grant and do anything that we ask in His name. So God is for you; and because

“…God is for us, no one can stand against us….” Romans 8:31 [ERV]

Now then, since because of Jesus, our sins are no longer counted to us; since because of Jesus we have complete remission of sins through His blood;

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

And when we do, let us constantly remind God that we

“…trust in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, without fear or doubt].” Psalm 86:2 [AMPC]

And “Every time I’m in trouble I call on you, confident that you’ll answer.” Psalm 86:7 [MSG]

For “Indeed, none of those who [expectantly] wait for You will be ashamed;…” Psalm 25:3 [AMP]

Beloved, if you feel poor and distressed, needy and desiring, look away from your circumstance and look to your Provider. For because

“…You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our sins, sending them away, completely letting them go forever and ever];
And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5 [AMP]

We can be confident of receiving only good things whenever we call upon the Lord. So let us take Him up on His promises, call upon Him and wait expectantly for Him to deliver in our lives.

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