All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
We don’t like to be poor and needy. Even more, we don’t like to think of ourselves as poor and needy. We like to think of ourselves as capable and strong, that we can stand for ourselves and that if we just work hard, we can accomplish everything we set out to do. Indeed, it is not a bad thing to work hard. It is not a bad thing to gain strength and to be strong. It is not bad to have abilities and be able to accomplish our goals.
But it is not a good thing to be proud and to depend too much on our own abilities when we should be relying on God. It is not a good thing to think that we can handle things that God has designed us to need Him for. It is not good to take on a battle for ourselves that we are sure to lose just because we won’t admit that we need God’s help. We don’t like to think poorly of ourselves, but sometimes we just need to see the truth of ourselves.
We can be strong and still be weaker than some sin that has overtaken us. We can be able and still not be capable of overcoming some great trial in our life. It doesn’t make us less of a person to need God, because we all need Him. We are all really quite hopeless without Him. We will all come upon things in our lives that are just too strong for us. And thankfully, we have our powerful God who is able to deliver, who is strong enough to defeat any foe, who is willing to defend us and protect us from those who seek our hurt.
And those of us who see our weakness all too clearly, those of us who never do feel strong or able need not fear. God does not ask us to build great strength on our own, but to trust in His strength. He does not ask us to go out and fend for ourselves and only come to Him when something is really, really hard, but He wants us to rely on Him in every circumstance. He wants us to depend on His abilities and His promises that He will be by our side and deliver us from the evil ones who seek our destruction. So let’s rest in God’s power and glorify Him for His ability and willingness to deliver us, who are indeed very poor and needy.