A Meditation On Psalm 112 - Part 8
“He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor.” Psalm 112:9
There are so many wonderful images of liberality in the Scriptures.
“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11:25
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” Proverb 22:9
“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” Matthew 5:42
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” Mark 10:21
“He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Luke 3:11
“But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.” Isaiah 32:8
“Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren to go to you ahead of time, and prepare your generous gift beforehand, which you had previously promised, that it may be ready as a matter of generosity and not as a grudging obligation.” 2 Corinthians 9:5
There is a kind of carefree joy and abandon in being generous. There is no stress in it as there is in miserliness. Did you ever notice that generous people are more often than not happy people, while those who are miserly are often also miserable? The two words are closely related. Miser-able and miser-ly. Likewise is the heart condition of the one who lives that way.
It is both prudent and wise to be generous because there is a reciprocal effect to that generosity, increased blessing and riches.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
The indisputable truth of the Word of God is this, God wants His people blessed, prosperous and in health. He wants us to have life and that more abundantly. He also wants us to be like Him in the ways we deal with the resources of the world and particularly our compassion for the poor.
His economy is not one based on the acquisition and hoarding of resources but the diligent stewardship of all He gives us by dealing with a generous hand in blessing others. The promise of the covenant from Abraham to Jesus to us is that we would be blessed and we would be a blessing. (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
The key to all things in the Kingdom of God is giving generously and with cheer.
God was the first to give because He loved us. Jesus gave all when He came to earth as a babe in a manger born in human form to be forever one with us. He gave up His glory to become a vulnerable human being, to suffer, want and need and to become poor that we through His poverty might become rich. Rich in all things, in hope and the promise of a bright and prosperous future, rich in wisdom and understanding, in grace and mercy, in the knowledge of God, rich in power and authority over death hell and the grave, rich in material and physical things, and rich in all spiritual authority, revelation, and ability to do the works that He did and even greater works because He has gone to the Father.
We are rich in our ability to bless the poor with the GOOD NEWS of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we are rich in God’s love for us, which is beyond measure or comprehension, but we know it by the Spirit in the person of Jesus Christ.
We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for everyday! Jesus is the first of all the reasons to rejoice!!!!!