Bible Reading Blog — Psalms 112

22 Mar

Here is today’s journal on our daily Bible reading:

112 Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and 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 and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
    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,
    until 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.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

This is a gracious psalm, after the other ones this week were kind of dark or dealt with the difficult subject of envying the prosperous.

Verse 1 is an interesting contrast (in my mind). I think of fear and delight as opposites, but here they are put together. If we really stand in awe of God we will be drawn to His commands.

This psalm is kind of a contrast to the earlier psalms too in that here the upright person does prosper (v. 3). The upright person doesn’t come to his wealth through oppression though. He is gracious, merciful and righteous. He is generous and just. So this psalm is an indicator, along with other Scriptures, that it is not wrong to have wealth. Still, wealth can be a trap, so we need to live wisely.

What appeals to me most in this psalm is the picture of stability here. Not afraid of bad news. Obsessive fear of bad circumstances is a bad sign for my soul. A firm heart, a steady heart is good. The fact that the man can be so generous here is a sign that he trusts in the Lord. He is not so attached to his stuff that he is unwilling to part with it.

What a contrast to the wicked man who wilts under tough circumstances.

Lord, work in my life in such a way that I am this man who fears you and finds great delight in your commands. Bring through this a stability that weathers the storms of life with a heart of faith. Amen.



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