The primary concern of the apostles was the ministry of the word, but they did not disregard the poor and needy.

Scripture: Acts 6:1-7

ESV Text: Acts 6:1-7

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 6

     1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.(KJV)

Scripture: Psalms 82

ESV Text: Psalms 82

Psalm 82 (Listen)

Rescue the Weak and Needy

A Psalm of Asaph.

82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations! (ESV)

KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 82:

     1 A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

     6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 442:
Lord of Glory, Who Has Bought Us

— Organ Audio

1. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice; 
And with that hast freely given 
Blessings countless as the sand 
To the unthankful and the evil 
With Thine own unsparing hand; 

2. Grant us hearts, dear Lord, to yield Thee 
Gladly, freely, of Thine own; 
With the sunshine of Thy goodness 
Melt our thankless hearts of stone 
Till our cold and selfish natures, 
Warmed by Thee, at length believe 
That more happy and more blessed 
‘Tis to give than to receive. 

3. Wondrous honor hast Thou given 
To our humblest charity 
In Thine own mysterious sentence, 
“Ye have done it unto Me.” 
Can it be, O gracious Master, 
Thou dost deign for alms to sue, 
Saying by Thy poor and needy, 
“Give as I have given to you”? 

4. Yes, the sorrow and the sufferings 
Which on every hand we see 
Channels are for tithes and offerings 
Due by solemn right to Thee; 
Right of which we may not rob Thee, 
Debt we may not choose but pay, 
Lest that face of love and pity 
Turn from us another day. 

5. Lord of Glory, who hast bought us 
With Thy life-blood as the price, 
Never grudging for the lost ones 
That tremendous sacrifice, 
Give us faith to trust Thee boldly, 
Hope, to stay our souls on Thee; 
But, oh! best of all Thy graces, 
Give us Thine own charity.