A New Meditation On Psalm 112 – Part 1-A
“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.” Psalm 112:1- 4
“And his righteousness endures forever…”
Jesus bought our righteousness with His blood. And that righteousness is eternal. His work is complete for all the ages to come. Through the righteousness given to us in our Lord Jesus Christ we are never unqualified for His grace, His favor, His wisdom, His riches, His wealth and honor. God is not about the business of making life difficult for His children or waiting for just the right time to excommunicate them from His grace. Once we are born again (saved) by God’s grace we are made the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are His body. He is our Head. He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. He is in us and we are in Him for all eternity.
“Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness…”
Even though we may from time to time experience times of challenge, testing, temptations, trials, even lack, want and physical, mental, emotional and financial stresses, nevertheless, God causes a light to arise for us in those dark times to illuminate the way to navigate through them and to come to a place of relief and abundant supply, so that we are not overwhelmed or defeated in the midst of them.
We are not left to grope aimlessly in the dark. But what the devil intended for evil God will turn around for our good.
“And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:18-20
Joseph the son of Israel (Jacob) was sold into slavery by his brothers, but what they intended for evil, because they were jealous of him and indeed, hated him, God used to move Joseph into a position to ultimately be the salvation of them all, rescuing them from the famine and providing for them when they could not provide for themselves, during a seven year drought that would certainly have meant their death. [Genesis 39-47]
“He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous…”
Graciousness is prompted in the human spirit by the Spirit of God and extended to others as an act of the compassion and love of God in the heart of the believer. We are not compassionate and gracious by nature.
By human nature we are selfish, greedy, pleasure seekers who care little for the welfare of others. “What’s in it for me?” is the mantra of the unregenerate human spirit.
That was the temptation put before Adam and Eve and they bought into it. In so doing they stamped all humankind with the DNA of the same idea that obedience to God is second to “What can I do to enrich myself.”
But when we receive the new heart of God and are led by the Spirit of God, having the mind of Christ, we are equipped then and only then to be gracious and compassionate and to live in righteousness, wealth and riches in favor with God and man. Holding nothing as greater than obedience and submission to God’s Word, His will and His righteousness.