“But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer” (Ps. 40:17a). The psalmist said of the king’s son, “For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth, the poor also, and him that hath no helper” (Ps. 72:12). “Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul” (Ps. 86:1–2a). Proverbs says of the wise woman, “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy” (Prov. 31:20). “He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord” (Jer. 22:16). “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (I John 3:17).Golden Thought Lord, hear me, for I am poor and needy. Taken from Stewart Custer, Wonderful Words (© 2006 BJU Press). Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.