Verse 33. For the Lord heareth the poor. The examples of David and David's Lord, and tens of thousands of the saints, all go to prove this. Monarchs of the nations are deaf to the poor, but the Sovereign of the Universe has a quick ear for the needy. None can be brought lower than was the Nazarene, but see how highly he is exalted: descend into what depths we may, the prayer hearing God can bring us up again.
And despiseth not his prisoners. Poor men have their liberty, but these are bound; however, they are God's prisoners, and, therefore, prisoners of hope. The captive in the dungeon is the lowest and least esteemed of men, but the Lord seeth not as man seeth; he visited those who are bound with chains, and proclaims a jail delivery for his afflicted. God despises no man, and no prayer that is honest and sincere. Distinctions of rank are nothing with him; the poor have the gospel preached to them, and the prisoners are loosed by his grace. Let all poor and needy ones hasten to seek his face, and to yield him their love.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 33. The Lord heareth the poor. The consolation is much greater when it is said, "The Lord heareth the poor," than if it were written, He hath heard poor David. Musculus.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
- What the people of God are in their own esteem: "poor"
- What they are in the divine esteem: not unnoticed; not
unheard; not despised.