This week we will look at Psalm 116, Salvation (Monday), Psalm 115 Confidence in God (Tuesday), 1 Peter 4:12-5:14 (Wednesday), Psalm 113, Bless the Lord (Thursday), and Psalm 112, The blessings and responsibilities of a righteous life (Friday).
Psalm 112 is broken into two sections.
First, the blessings of the righteous. (112:1-4)
“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”
Second, the responsibilities of the righteous. (112:5-10)
“A good man sheweth favor, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.”
We enjoy the list of the blessings, but are we willing to be obedient to the responsibilities? Are we willing to give of our wealth? To those who are poor? Are we obedient to God’s word?
God has tremendous blessings for each of us. But we will not receive them unless we are trusting and obeying.
“Trust and obey. For there is no other way. To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001