It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice (Psalm 112:5).
God does not need us. Theologians call this the sufficiency of God, that God is sufficient in Himself, and therefore has no need of man, or of anything else in creation. The Scriptures attest to this very thing. Consider the following:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine (Psalm 50:10-11).
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:33-36).
There are others. Which makes the proverb from this morning all the more striking:
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed (Proverbs 19:17).
The Scriptures have a lot to say about lending and borrowing. For instance, “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives” (Psalm 37:21), and “the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
I say this with care, and caution, because in the end, I do believe in the sufficiency of God—that He doesn’t need me, and that all His dealings with me and with the world are all of grace. But, taken together, the implication of the Scriptures above suggest this—if you want to put God in your debt, be generous to the poor.