Welcome back to Psalms! Psalm 41 is the last of the first book of Psalms, and speaks about the importance of treating people with care, especially those who cannot care for themselves.
David has learned this from his own experience. He remembers a time when he was in trouble and the people around him did not help, but turned against him. In fact even his close friend, who he had broken bread with, turned against him. Many of us can feel David’s pain here. It is hard when people we thought we could depend on are not there for us.
Those words in verse 9 are what Jesus said when Judas betrayed him. This verse reminds us that our Saviour, although he was Lord, suffered betrayal from someone who was supposed to be his friend. The one who was help for the helpless and hope for the hopeless also knew how it felt to be hurt and betrayed.
In our own lives we can experience times when everything is going well, and yet at other times, we face troubles of different kinds. Jesus was betrayed only a few days after he entered Jerusalem to the adoration of crowds lining the streets.
“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak,” David tells us, and Jesus ministered to people from the highest to the lowest because without God we are all weak. And, though Jesus was never weak, he submitted to those who accused him for our sake. His apparent weakness was actually his great strength, and we know that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
If you are feeling strong right now, and things are going well, make a commitment to see how you can show “regard for the weak”. And if you feel as though you are one of the weak, know that the Lord’s grace is sufficient for you today.
Meditation verse: Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.