A Meditation on Psalm 112 – Introduction
In January of 2014 I did a series on Psalm 112. Since then I have felt that I needed to revisit that series with some updates and further commentary. This is the beginning of that updated series. Please continue to pray daily for Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump for God’s will to be done in them and through them for the benefit of the Kingdom of God coming in Earth as it is in Heaven.
Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments. Psalm 112:1
There is a reality of life that you and I are the targets of buffeting forces all around us. As Christians we are aliens here in this world. Our new natures, which are born of the Spirit, are opposed to all that this world exalts as valued and sacred. We are children of the One and only True and Holy God. Our hearts are not in agreement with the brokenness and decadence of this world. It is foreign to who we are now as new creations in Christ Jesus. Our human natures, however, are quite familiar and at home in this world of brokenness because our human nature like the world is flawed, broken, out of order and in conflict with itself and others.
While we all have moments of joy, moments of peace and moments of an awareness of love, there are seemingly more often, times when we are stretched to our limits and beyond, we are pressured by the demands of the day, we are burdened with the cares of life and our bodies don’t always hold up well under the attacks of illness and discomfort. We get tired, we get hungry, we are driven by physical passions, we long for companionship when we are lonely, then, we long for solitude when we are overwhelmed by too many people.
We want what we don’t have and we find too often what we have when we get it, doesn’t hold its value beyond our initial acquisition of it. Life can often seem pointless and routine or harsh, brutal and unforgiving. In the world for the unbeliever in particular all is vanity.
But, unlike the world we have a means of escape and deliverance from all these things. We have a sure and steadfast hope in the God of All Creation, who is our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, while we are being filled with the Holy Spirit and led moment by moment into all truth.
Every promise in God concerning us is “Yes and Amen,” Yes and so be it. Yes and it’s done, Yes and we agree. Amen seals all these things in our behalf.
Psalm 112 reveals some important articles of the New Will and Testament that God has made us heirs to in Jesus Christ.
Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments. Psa. 112:1
We were created for praise and every creature in all creation was and is created for God’s pleasure. We are uniquely designed for praise and worship. The psalmist calls the people to worship with these words. “Praise the Lord!”
1. words that express great approval or admiration, for example, for somebody’s ability or achievements or for some thing’s good qualities
2. worship and thanks to God or a deity (often used in the plural)
Praise is initiated with the spoken word. It is virtually impossible to praise silently. Sign language excepted. Essentially, praise is declaring verbal declarations of the unique and worthy attributes of God. When we talk about the goodness, nature and works of God we praise Him. Praise can be vertical or horizontal. We can speak to God of His greatness or we can speak to others about Him. Each carries with it a blessing from the Lord.
“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Malachi 3:16
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
"Blessed is the man who fears the Lord…"
Blessing is the complete opposite of cursing. It is life opposing death. It is wealth opposing poverty. It’s health opposing sickness. It’s peace opposing war. It’s Love opposing fear. It’s faith opposing doubt. It’s strength opposing weakness. It is plenty opposing want. It is abundant supply opposing need. It is the nature and character of God opposing the sinful world.
The fear of the Lord is to regard Him with deference, reverence, and a holy and fearful recognition of His power to give and to take life, to create and destroy at will, to be the One and only true sovereign and unmatched God over all. It is a healthy fear of knowing at any time He can do whatever pleases Him whether it please the creature or not.
“Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor. The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.” Psalm 112:1-10
As new Creations in Christ Jesus our Lord we have nothing to fear from our Heavenly Father and in Him everything to hope for, because we know He loves us. And He proved it when He sent His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us, that we might have abundant and eternal life with Him.