Rich and Poor Alike

The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.

Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah Psalm 9:17-20.

The nations represent the power structures of mankind. They strive for their own power and forget the power of God. The needy are left out of the power structures and only have God to depend on. And the Lord is pleased with those who depend on Him.

In today’s power structure, the needy can be useful to the power structure. Unlike the needy of David’s time, they can vote. And the powerful in government can persuade them to depend on the government and forget their God. Therefore, being poor does not automatically endow you with righteousness anymore than having a high position does not automatically make you wicked. We must all, rich and poor alike, worship the one who made us.

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