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Bible blessings

by Richard Newton


Psalm xli. 1.

Did you ever go into a gymnasium? No doubt many of you have been. A gymnasium is a place for taking exercise in. There are a great many different things there to help people who want to take exercise. There are dumb-bells, and clubs for swinging round, so as to stretch out the arms. There are ropes and ladders to climb up, and parallel bars, and springing boards to help persons in jumping. There are pullies with heavy weights attached to them, for opening and enlarging the chest; besides a great many other things. Now if we should go into a gymnasium, without ever having seen one before, we should know, from just looking at it, that the person who planned it intended it for exercising the limbs, and promoting the health and strength of those who should use it.

JSTow the world, in which we live, is like a great gymnasium. It is a place which God has planned, and fitted up with everything that is necessary to exercise the hearts or souls of his people, and to bring into play the right sort of feelings. There are a good many things in the world that God has put here for this very purpose. One of these things is the fact that there are so many poor people in the world. Jesus told his disciples, that there would always be poor people on the earth. Many people wonder why it is so. If you knew a man worth half a million of dollars, whose children were allowed to go in ragged clothing, and to live in a very poor, shabby looking hut, you would think it very strange. Now all the gold and silver, all the precious things, all the property in the world belong to God. Yes, and millions of times more than allthis world contains. 'O, how rich our Father in heaven is! And yet how very poor many of His children are!

Why, if our Heavenly Father pleased, He could easily give to you and to me, and to every one of His children ten, or twenty, or fifty thousand dollars a year. And He would do it, in a minute, if He saw that it would be best for Ub. God lets His people be poor, not because he can't make them rich, for this would be a very easy thing for him to do, but because He has good and wise reasons why he wants them to be poor while they live in this world. One of these reasons David taught us when he wrote the words of our text:—" Blessed is he that considered the poor." There are some thing3 which are a great deal better than money. God's blessing is one of these things. Thi3 blessing is connected with considering the poor; i. e., with thinking about them, being kind to them, and trying to do them good. This is particularly a Bible Blessing. There are no hospitals, no asylums, or homes for the poor in heathen lands.

.Now I wish to speak of three reasons why it is a blessed thing to consider the poor.

The first reason is that It is Like God. David says, "Thou, O God, hast of Thy goodness, prepared for the poor." What wonderful preparation God makes for the poor! He not only provides for poor people, but poor animals too. It says in the Bible that "the lions, roaring after their prey, seek their meat from God. He feedeth the young ravens when they cry." All the beasts of the earth, the birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea, are fed by God. How large a family this is! What different kinds of food they require! But God " considers" what they want, and gets it ready for them.

Some travelers lately went up a high mountain, fourteen thousand feet high. It is covered with ice and snow at the top all the year. No men could live up there. Even if they could stand the cold, they could find nothing to eat. But the travelers found some insects living there. God had made the mountain-top a home for them, and He had provided them with plenty of food just such as they needed.

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