1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighted greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon the earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth forever. 4 Unto the upright there arise light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion and righteousness. 5 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 things: 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 forever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 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.
Commentary taken from Warren W. Wiersbe’s study guide ‘BE EXULTANT’
In the previous psalm, the writer extolled the Lord for His great and marvelous works, and he ended by admonishing us to fear the Lord and obey His precepts (111:10). The blessings of obeying that admonition are described in 112 (note v. 1)……Both psalms must be read in light of God’s covenant with Israel in which He promises to bless them if they fear Him and obey His word (Lev 26:1-13, Deut 28:1-14)……We must not. conclude that, on the basis of this psalm, all believers today can claim health, wealth, success, and happiness if they faithfully obey the Lord, for this promise is not found in the new covenant. For that matter, the believer described in this psalm had times of darkness (v. 4), occasionally received bad news (v. 7), had his enemies (vv. 8, 10), and had to consider the justice of his decisions (v. 5). We who live under the new covenant have in Jesus Christ every spiritual blessing that we will ever need (Eph. 1:3),……..and we have the promise that our God will meet our needs (Phil. 4:19). The attributes of God given in 111 become the character qualities of the godly believer in 112, for becoming more and more like Jesus Christ is the greatest reward of a faithful life of obedience (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18) The psalmist describes the faithful believer in various relationships of life.
Our Relationship to the Lord (v. 1). The psalmist wrote about fear of bad news (v. 7) and fear of the enemy (v. 8), but the first and most important fear is the fear of the Lord, this verse takes us back to 111:10 (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.), for if we fear God, we need fear nothing else……The psalmist is writing fears that can paralyze us and make life miserable. To overcome these fears, we cultivate a right relationship with the Lord: we fear Him, learn His will from His Word, and obey what He commands……Fear and delight can live together in the same heart because they are tied together by love…..Because we love the Lord, His commands are not burdensome to us (1 John 5:3). The person described in this psalm praises the Lord in worship, stands in awe of the Lord, delights in fellowship with the Lord, and seeks to obey the Lord.
Our Relationship to Material Wealth (vv.3-5, 9). Under the old covenant, material wealth was one of the evidences of the Lord’s blessing on His people as they moved into the Promised Land……This explains why the apostles were shocked when Jesus said that it was difficult for rich people to enter God’s kingdom……The person described in this psalm was righteous before the Lord (vv. 3, 4, 6, 9) and did not acquire his wealth in some unlawful manner. He was generous in his use of the wealth the Lord gave him, sharing it with the poor and lending it freely without interest (Deut. 23:19-20)……Because of this man’s generosity, the Lord allowed him to be lifted up in the eyes of his peers. As you see this man’s faith in the Lord and love for those in need, you cannot help but think of the promise in Matthew 6:33.
Our Relationship to Circumstances (vv. 6-8). A believing heart is a steadfast heart, one that is not easily shaken by bad news or difficult circumstances. The person described was confident that the Lord could handle any problem that might come to him……Believers with a confident heart and a clear conscience have nothing to fear when they receive bad news because they know the Lord is in control. If there is darkness around them, they wait for the Lord to send the light (v. 4). This is what encouraged Joseph during thirteen years of waiting and suffering in Egypt. “Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD” (Ps 27:14 NKJV)
Our Relationship to the Wicked (v. 10). God rewards the delight of the righteous (v. 1) but ignores the desires of the wicked (v. 1)……The fact the wicked oppose the godly is a good sign that the godly are living as they should. The witness of one dedicated life is a witness in the darkness of this world. Having seen and heard the witness of the godly, the wicked will have no excuse when they face the Lord (John 15:22)
The first verse is what stands out to me. Fear the Lord and follow His commandments. I need to try my best to obey Him and match my heart with His heart and I will have no other fears.
What stood out to you you in this psalm? Please share any songs this psalm may bring to mind and any daily devotions you may have read today.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.