Psalm 35:9-10

9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD,
exulting in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say,
“O LORD, who is like you,
delivering the poor
from him who is too strong for him,
the poor and needy from him who robs him?”

God delivers the poor and needy from those who rob them. What a verse! It produces all kinds of questions and without getting into any of them we can say that here is a verse that addresses credit card interest rates, unfair taxes against the poor, payday loan companies, sub-prime mortgage offers and much more. The ones who rob the poor are not the poor themselves. They are those who have become rich by means of their oppression of the poor. God knows, God cares and God will not forget. The rich, who have a harder time entering heaven than a camel would have going through the eye of a needle, need to take care of their souls. This means repenting of sins that profit them at the expense of the poor, and treating the needy with justice and charity.

The Good News in this is that those who take advantage of the poor can be forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ. The proof of such faith will be that they turn away from their oppressive policies and practises.

There is a subtle message here as well to those who are not rich. Do not envy them. For the most part, their souls are impoverished and they do not even know it. Give Psalm 73 a read and thank God that you have been spared the final destiny of those whose life on this earth was free of the troubles of most men.