• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

A New Meditation on Psalm 112 – Introduction


“Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.” Psalm 112:1

Each time we read the Scriptures the Lord provides the opportunity for us to discover new insights and a deeper understanding of His Word which strengthens our faith, increases our knowledge, and furthers the process of our transformation to think, act and become more like our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of our Salvation.

There is a reality of life that you and I are the targets of buffeting forces all around us. As Christians we are aliens now 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 native home now is Heaven. Our hearts are not in agreement with the brokenness, degeneracy and decadence of this world. We grieve at the proclamations of the liars who perpetrate their vile utterances claiming a right to exercise free speech or free expression in the name of satire, or comedy or all such self-justifying excuses to defend their evil, but God is not mocked or deceived by them and neither should we be. We have a calling to live as light and salt in this world while we wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

While we all have moments of joy, moments of peace and moments of 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.

Regardless of our economic or social standing in the world, we get tired, we get hungry, we are driven by physical passions, we long for companionship when we are lonely, we long for solitude when we are overwhelmed by too many people. We want what we don’t have and we don’t find what we do have to hold its value beyond our initial acquisition of it. Life can often seem pointless and routine or harsh, brutal and unforgiving. In the world of 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 Creation, Who is our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior, Redeemer, while we are being continually filled with the Holy Spirit and led moment by moment into all truth.

Every promise in God concerning us is “Yea” and “Amen.” Yes and so be it.

"For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

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." Psalm 112:1

Praise the Lord!…

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!”

praise

n

words that express great approval or admiration, for example, for somebody’s ability or achievements or for something’s good qualities

worship and thanks to God or a deity (often used in the plural)

v

to express great approval or admiration, for example, for somebody’s ability or achievements or for something’s good qualities

to give worship and thanks to God or a deity

Praise begins with the spoken word. It is virtually impossible to praise silently except in the case of sign language where hand/arm gestures communicated words. 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 is health opposing sickness, it is peace opposing war. It is Love opposing fear. It is faith opposing doubt. It is 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. Blessing is seated in all goodness.

The fear of the Lord is to regard Him with deference, reverence, and respect, acknowledging 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 pleases the creature or not.

To be continued…

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