Care of the Poor
"The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing." (Psalm 41:3)
Remember that this is a promise to the man who considers the poor. Are you one of these?
Then take home the text.
See how in the hour of sickness the God of the poor will bless the man who cares for the
poor! The everlasting arms shall stay up his soul as friendly hands and downy pillows stay
up the body of the sick. How tender and sympathizing is this image; how near it brings our
God to our infirmities and sicknesses! Whoever heard this of the old heathen Jove, or of
the gods of India or China! This is language peculiar to the God of Israel; He it is who
deigns to become nurse and attendant upon good men. If He smites with one hand, He
sustains with the other. Oh, it is blessed fainting when one falls upon the Lord's own
bosom and is born thereon' Grace is the best of restoratives; divine love is the safest
stimulant for the languishing patient; it makes the soul strong as a giant, even when the
bones are breaking through the skin. No physician like the Lord, no tonic like His
promise, no wine like His love.
If the reader has failed in his duty to the poor, let him see what he is losing and at
once become their friend and helper.