Psalm 112

Psalm 112 picks up right where the previous psalm ended – focused on the true source of blessing.  “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments”!  The secret to true happiness and success is knowing who God is and having a healthy and reverential fear of Him.  It’s knowing God as God and not making Him our BFF or a genie at the end of an SOS line.  God is the creator and ruler of all.  He is worthy of our praise.  And the result of that fear or reverent admiration is obedience.

Lots of people don’t like the idea of obedience.  That indicates there is a set of rules or guidelines that we have to follow.  Many prefer the concept of doing whatever seems right or feels right at the time.  But that doesn’t align with God’s standards and the very reality of sin.  Sin literally means ‘missing the mark’ which means there has to be an absolute wrong and right, there has to be an absolute standard that we’re accountable to.  Obedience to God’s commandments and will create that standard.  If we walk in obedience, blessing flows. If not, well…..

This chapter talks about mankind and what happens with we live a God honoring life. The words that describe a successful walk with God are pretty amazing.

  • His offspring will be mighty in the land
  • the upright will be blessed
  • Wealth and riches are in his house
  • his righteousness endures forever
  • Light dawns in the darkness for the upright
  • he is gracious, merciful, and righteous
  • It is well with the man who deals generously….conducts his affairs with justice
  • he will be remembered forever
  • He is not afraid of bad news
  • his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord
  • His heart is steady
  • he will not be afraid
  • he looks in triumph on his adversaries
  • He has distributed freely
  • he has given to the poor
  • his righteousness endures forever
  • his horn is exalted in honor

That is quite a list that results when we get our fear of God and our obedience to Him right.

Psalm 111 gave us a clear picture of God and his mercy, love and grace.  This chapter shows us the result of walking with Him in fear and obedience.  The outcome is overwhelming – the blessing beyond our imagination or hopes.  God is waiting for the opportunity to truly bless us indeed.  He wants to pour His goodness all over us.  It impacts not only us, but those around us and generations to come.  It is an amazing picture of His bounty and love.  But equally clear as the author closes is the flip side – that of wickedness.  “The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish”!  They won’t like seeing others enjoy God’s blessing.  They will eventually perish.

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