"Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble."
The psalm begins as a beatitude. A "beatitude" is "a state of utmost bliss" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). For the person of faith, bliss is found in interesting ways. Bliss, or happiness, is found in caring for the poor. When God provides opportunities for you to care for the poor, God is trying to provide you with the opportunity for blissful happiness.
This is the first time the psalms uses the word "poor" and is translated elsewhere in the psalms as "weak." The way we relate to the poor and the weak, models the way we relate to God. Bliss occurs in our connectedness to the source of life, God, and in our dependence upon God.
Sometime today, pray for the poor, being as specific as possible. Mention specific ways God might use the faithful to creatively respond to the needs of the poor. Then, find a specific way this week, to tangibly help the poor. Perhaps you will volunteer at the Shelter, or CROSS Ministries. You might give money to DMARC or Family Promise. But, if you give money, give it to the organization in person, and seek to find out a little more about the organization and how they specifically provide for the poor. Then, close your prayer by thanking God for the blessings you received, and reflect on how without them, your life would have been harsh, and probably sad. Giving to those in need, is both obligation and blessing. Rejoice that you have the ability to give.