Whew! Had a lot of things going on today and while painting the bathroom - we didn't like the color, too dark - it dawned on me that I hadn't blogged about Psalm 41!
Here is v.1 in several translations.Psalm 41:1 GNT
Good News Translation
Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble.
Psalm 41:1 CSB
Holman Christian Standard
Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.
Psalm 41:1 KJV
King James Version
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
New American Standard
How blessed is he who considers the helpless ; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
Psalm 41:1 NIV
New International Version
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.
Psalm 41:1 BBE
Bible in Basic English
Happy is the man who gives thought to the poor; the Lord will be his saviour in the time of trouble.
Bem-aventurado é aquele que atende ao pobre; o SENHOR o livrará no dia do mal.
I wanted to show you several translations because I found it interesting that most used the word "poor," others used "helpless" or "weak." Whatever word is used, I think it shows (and it is shown all through scripture) that God cares for the poor and expects those who are not poor to care for those who are.
Here in the USA we, the church, God's people, have given over our responsibility to care for the poor to the Federal Government. I'm not sure if we can retake our responsibility on the level of Washington. In fact, I think that would be pretty much impossible since we have created a very co-dependant welfare state. But even with our government doing many things for the poor, weak and helpless, we need to be concerned, have regard, consider, give thought to them.
Our church has many good ministries devoted to helping the poor: House of Hope (which has several different ministries) and FUEL (which provides food for school children for the weekends) are two that first come to mind. If you consider those in assisted living residences as helpless and weak we have people who visit and lead Bible studies at several places in town. Some in our congregation work with Manna which serves food to the homeless in town. Many are involved with Room in the Inn which provides a warm place where the homeless can sleep during the winter months.
Let me encourage you to get involved in one of these ministries or find other ways you can "atende ao pobre." Just seeing if you're paying attention (or know Portuguese.) Don't let the government or the church take YOUR place.