He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. -Psalm 72:13
We are very needy and very poor, though we did not always think so. When the discovery was first made to us, we felt the smart as those do “who have seen better days.” Once we fancied ourselves able to do our work and sure to get our wages; we did hope to merit a reward for our good conduct; and we thought it was only for us to add a little piety to our decent morals in order to be well pleasing to God and our own conscience. Ah, sirs! when we woke from these foolish dreams, and faced our own abject poverty, how ashamed we were; how we shunned the light; how we sat alone and avoided company; how fear preyed on our heart; with what anguish we chattered to ourselves, saying, “What shall I do? What shall I do?” Poor indeed we are and we know it.
Our eyes are up towards the hills whence cometh our help, and as to all earthly things, we see no help in them. “Cursed is he that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm.” “He shall be like the heath in the desert-he shall not see when good cometh.”The Lord grant us all to be reduced to this-that we have no helper, because when we have no helper here, He will become our helper and our salvation. ~ C.H. Spurgeon