I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
Turn away from evil and do good;
so shall you dwell forever.
For the LORD loves justice;
he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land
and dwell upon it forever.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
his steps do not slip.
The wicked watches for the righteous
and seeks to put him to death.
The LORD will not abandon him to his power
or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.
Comment: The heading of this is relevant. (He will not forsake His saints). I think that there are people who claim that because these words don’t always seem true the Bible is not trustworthy. Not so much in this land but overseas (but it is beginning to creep in even here!) I have seen righteous people who with their children had to beg for both food and money. The poor person’s attitude may have been excellent but they didn’t have any of this world’s goods wherewith to be generous. But if I stand back and look from a distance the righteous are on the whole more generous and certainly deal more justly. Even in poverty the law of God is hidden in the heart of the righteous and keeps them ‘godly’ in their behaviour. They may end up in prison or even beheaded by the malicious hatred of the wicked (and we see a lot of it in the world these days) but in the eternally enduring court of God Almighty the righteous never lose.
Prayer: If I’ve missed something important in this passage, help me to see Your truth.