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13 September 2021

Proverbs 22:9

The generous will themselves be blessed,
    for they share their food with the poor.

What is a “bountiful” eye? It can be translated good or generous. It is evidently an eye that looks about and sees ways to bless others. The man with the bountiful eye bestows bounty to others, but also included is the thought that he reaps bounty.

Compare this proverb with 11:24: “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” Generosity is a virtue; furthermore, it is a virtue that reaps its own reward. But generosity means taking delight in giving. One may give a generous amount, but do so begrudgingly or with the intent to earn reward or assuage guilt. This proverb is upholding the person who looks for opportunity to give because he delights in giving. He shares his bread with the poor because he delights in heartening others, and because he delights in pleasing his Lord, who delights in our giving to the poor.

So in the same manner our Lord Jesus Christ has a bountiful eye. He delighted in doing God’s will; he delighted in giving himself for us who were poor; he delights even now in sharing his riches with his people who believe in him.

 

Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
    listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.

I long to dwell in your tent forever
    and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.[b]
For you, God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Increase the days of the king’s life,
    his years for many generations.
May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
    appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.

Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
    and fulfill my vows day after day.