Today's Verse

The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. — Psalm 41:2 NKJV

Devotion

Who is being referred to in our verse for today? Who, that is, is the "him" and the "he" that receives these good things? The previous verse has the answer. It is "he who considers the poor." (Psalm 41:1) Anyone, male or female, who helps the poor has blessings in store for them. What kind of blessings? Speaking in general, the Lord will deliver them from their troubles. (Psalm 41:1)

What kind of trouble?

The Lord will, first of all, preserve them and keep them alive. Death will not come before its appointed time. Accidents, assaults, and troubles of various kinds will not take them from the earthly scene before they've finished what they've been called to finish on earth. "I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation." (Psalm 91:16)

Second, the Lord will bless them on the earth. Even though they give to the poor from what they have, they will not suffer loss. They will still have plenty. Indeed, they will be greatly blessed financially. "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself." (Proverbs 11:25) The blessings mentioned, however, are not limited to financial blessings. They who consider the poor will be blessed in every area of life.

Third, the Lord will not deliver them to the will of their enemies. There will still be enemies. There will still be people that come against them and harass them in various ways. Nevertheless, the Lord will not allow the enemies to triumph over them. "He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man." (Psalm 18:48)

The next verse adds one more kind of trouble to the list. The Lord will also strengthen them on their beds of illness. He will sustain them on their sickbeds. (Psalm 41:3) They will be able to shout in triumph: "I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord." (Psalm 118:17)

To sum it up: Don't be tight-fisted, because it pays to be a generous soul.