Psalm 41:1. Blessed are those who consider the poor: the Lord will deliver them in time of trouble.
The poor are close to the heart of God. Isaiah 61:1 says the Spirit of The Lord has anointed us to preach the good news to the poor. The good news of the gospel is the revelation of the goodness of God. He is our shepherd and we shall not want. He, Jesus, will provide for all our needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus. Those needs are not just material but also spiritual, physical and emotional. When we preach the good news we speak of the deliverance power of the almighty God. One who cares and will step into our lives and set us free. When the gospel touches people's lives those lives are transformed.
We are told to remember the poor (Galatians 2:10). Again it says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed”. (Proverbs 19:17) It is interesting that if we give to the needy and not turn our back on their situation it's as if we are lending to Him! That is why it says whatever you give to the least of your brothers you give to me.
Ezekiel 16:49 has an interesting verse: “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy”. We are exhorted to give to those who are in need. Our God is a God of abundance. We can't out give Him. When we give, He gives back, pressed down, running over and pouring into our laps. The only thing He asked is that we give out of the abundance we have been blessed with. The consequence of our action to giving is that we will be delivered when we have times of trouble. Now, that's good news!
Prayer: “Father I thank you for all the blessings in my life. Help me to remember the poor and give as the spirit leads me to give. In Jesus mighty name, amen.”