Psalm 112:1-10 (NLT) *
1 Praise the Lord!
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
This Psalm shows that there are specific blessings for those who “…fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands.”
Websters Dictionary 1828 tells us that – In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience.
DELIGHT is a more permanent pleasure than joy, and not dependent on sudden excitement. To have or take great pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; followed by in. Websters Dictionary 1828
v2 Promises that “Their children are successful (everywhere) an entire generations will be blessed.”
If you want to see your children succeed and be blessed in life, be a generous person. This promise says an entire generation of the Godly will be blessed.
Generous people are promised wealth. v.3
” They themselves will be wealthy,”
Generous people have light in the darkness v.4
“Light shines in the darkness for the godly.”
Those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands (v.1) are generous, compassionate, and righteous. (v.4)
In return the Lord is generous, compassionate, and righteous toward them.
All goes well for the generous v.5
“Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly.” A part of generosity is to lend freely and to be honest and fair in business dealings.
Generous people are not overcome by evil v.6
Generous people “win” against evil.
Generous people do not fear bad news v.7
“They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.”
This doesn’t say “bad news” won’t come, it says “they do not fear” it. If you fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands you don’t have to fear bad news because you know that you can trust the Lord to care for you.
Generous people are brave and confident v.8
“They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.”
If you have trouble with fear and a lack of confidence become a generous person who who fears the Lord and delights in obeying his commands. If you don’t ‘see’ yourself like this, start confessing the Word and put yourself in the verse. Say something like: I am a joyful and generous person and I fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. You could even say/read all of Psalm 112 every day. You will be blessed.
Generous people are promised to be long remembered v.3, 6, and 9.
So if you want to “make a name” for yourself and be long remembered you need to be a generous person who fears and Lord and delights in obeying His commands. V.9 Even promises influence and honor.
V.10 is like a ‘bonus’
“The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.”
This is another place in the word where we see that the Lord removes our enemies and fights our battles. So much better than trying to do it ourselves.
In conclusion, if you have ever hesitated to be “generous” you won’t want hesitate again if you remember that Psalm 112 shows us that there are great blessings in generosity.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (MSG) Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.
Feel free to be lavishly generous today. God Bless you.
Have a great weekend!
* This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; after the introductory note of praise, each line begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.