I am poor and needy…

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Psalm 109: 20 May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord, of those who speak evil against my life. 21 But you, O Lord my Lord, act on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is pierced within me. 

This psalm is attributed to King David, the king of a united Israel. In future generations Israel would split in two kingdoms with a northern kingdom of Israel and southern kingdom of Judah, but that had not occurred in David's time. It was the golden age for the nation of Israel. At the height of its wealth and power. But you wouldn't know it reading this psalm.

“For I am poor and needy, and my heart is pierced within me.” (v.22)

David had position, authority, power, wealth, and more – yet describes himself as poor and needy. While it sounds like a contradiction, it’s a simple statement of reality. The need David was experiencing is the sort the world cannot fulfill, but only God. I appreciate David’s humility here.

Come to me, dear Lord, for I am poor and need. Amen.

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