Read: Psalm 112:1; Psalm 96:10, 13; 98:9; Psalm 33:8 -9; Psalm 145:17; Isaiah 6:3
Like Psalm 111, Psalm 112 is an “alphabetical” psalm in Hebrew. Whereas the subject of Psalm 111 is God, the subject of Psalm 112 is the godly man. Psalm 112:1 defines the godly man as one who fears the Lord and who delights in God’s commandments. To fear the Lord is to stand in awe of Him, to reverence Him, and to respect Him.
Think About It: Based on the Scripture references for today, what are some reasons for fearing the Lord? Do I fear Him? Do I delight in His word?
Prayer: That I might give God the reverence that He deserves.
Read: Psalm 112:2, 3, 9; Proverbs 15:16, 16:8; 1 Timothy 6:6 – 9; Philippians 4:11
Most of Psalm 112 deals with various ways in which God blesses the godly person. One way God blesses the godly is with honor. God honors the godly person with a godly heritage: v. 2 – mighty seed. God makes the godly man a blessing to his generation: v. 2 – his generation shall be blessed. God honors the godly man with material blessings: v. 3– wealth and riches in his house. God honors the godly man with a good reputation: v. 9 – his horn shall be exalted with honor.
Think About It: Consider the Scripture references for today in Proverbs, 1 Timothy and Philippians. Can a poor person consider themselves blessed with riches from God? How have I experienced blessings of honor from God?
Prayer: Praise God for the honor with which He has blessed me.
Read: Psalm 112:3, 6, 7, 9; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 22:5
God blesses the godly person with endurance: v. 3 – his righteousness endures forever; v. 6 – he shall not be moved forever; he will be in everlasting remembrance; v. 7 – his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord; v. 8 – His heart is established; v. 9 – his righteousness endures forever.
Think About It: What are some examples of human efforts at achieving an enduring heritage? Are these efforts effective? What does God promise to His people in Revelation 22:5? How long is that promise effective?
Prayer: Praise God for the gift of eternal life, for a heritage nothing can destroy or spoil or wither.
Read: Psalm 112:4. 5; 1 Chronicles 12:32; James 1:5; 3:15 – 17
God blesses the godly person with wisdom: v. 4 – light arises in the darkness for him; v. 5 – he guides his affairs with discretion. Wisdom is a gift that comes from God. Through God’s gift of wisdom we understand the times and know what to do.
Think About It: According to James 1:5 – 8, how can I have wisdom? What is the pre-condition for asking for wisdom? According to James 3:15 – 17, what are the characteristics of godly wisdom? How does godly wisdom differ from earthly wisdom?
Prayer: For wisdom.
Read: Psalm 112:7, 8; Psalm 4:8; 1 Peter 4:12 – 13; Isaiah 8:12
God blesses the godly person with courage: v. 7 – he shall not fear evil tidings; v. 8 – He shall not fear, even during the time in which the conflict with his enemies is not yet resolved.
God’s blessing of courage means fearlessness regardless of the threat of enemies (Psalm 4:8). God’s blessing of courage means confidence in the face of persecution (1 Peter 4:12 -13). God’s blessing of courage means calm in the face of supposed conspiracies (Isaiah 8:12).
Think About It: Do I have the courage to rest in the Lord? Do I have confidence in the face of persecution? Am I afraid of conspiracies?
Prayer: For the blessing of courage.
Read: Psalm 112:4; 5, 9; Proverbs 19:17; Job 31:13 – 23
God blesses the godly person with compassion: v. 4 – he is gracious and full of compassion, and righteous; v. 5 – he shows favor and lends; v . 9 – he has dispersed and given to the poor.
Think About It: According to Proverbs 19:17, what is the most secure investment I can possibly make? Am I making that investment? How did Job attempt to justify himself in Job 31:13 – 23? Can I say as much as Job?
Prayer: That I might show to others the compassion God has shown to me.
Read: Psalm 112:10; Matthew 6:33; John 6:29
All of God’s blessings on the godly person stand in stark contrast to the fate of the wicked: v. 10 — he will be grieved when he sees the blessings of the godly man; the desire of the wicked shall perish. The application of this psalm is NOT “seek honor, endure, be wise, be brave, show compassion.” The application of this psalm is to be godly: to fear the Lord and to delight in His commandments. Then the blessings of God will follow.
Think About It: What is the only way I can hope to be a godly person?
Prayer: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.