When we experience forgiveness, we have ability to forgive others. When we experience love and support, we learn how to love and support others. When we know what it means to be poor, we have compassion for the poor people! Because David had gone through challenges in his life, he knew that he should also help out those who went through difficulties in life. That is why he proclaimed that “Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive; they are called happy in the land. You do not give them up to the will of their enemies.”
David experienced God’s help in his “poor” condition. In this psalm, “poor” condition does not means financially poor. It means “afflicted,” “sick,” or “troubled.” God cares for the poor people and so do we.
“The Lord sustains them on their sickbed; in their illness you heal all their infirmities. As for me, I said, ‘O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.’ My enemies wonder in malice when I will die, and my name perish. And when they come to see me, they utter empty words, while their hearts gather mischief; when they go out, they tell it abroad. All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me. They think that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I will not rise again from where I lie. Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me. But you, O Lord, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them. By this I know that you are pleased with me; because my enemy has not triumphed over me.”
However, not all the “poor” people had the privilege of knowing God. Only those who fear God, who try to live according to God’s will, and who keep their integrity will experience God’s power and love in their poor condition. We can also those “poor” people who are willing to follow the paths of the Lord. Otherwise, our support and efforts will not bear fruits: “But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.”