Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

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.

Reflection . . .

“This psalm tells us two essentials for happiness: to fear God and to delight in following—not just reading or hearing—his commands. For those who fear, who have an attitude of deep humility and acknowledge God’s majesty with a healthy awe and respect, there are specific blessings: prosperity, light even in dark times, honor from God, and even emotional stability to the point of not being afraid of the future, of bad news, or even of wicked people. As we fear God and delight in living according to his principles, he opens the way of blessing.”1

Prayer this prayer:

LORD, I ask you to reveal yourself to me and fill me with a deep sense of awe and humility. Create in me a healthy fear of who you are and give me a desire to not just read your Word but to commit myself to obeying all that you tell me through it. Thank you for promising me blessing as I fear and obey you. May generations be blessed because of my reverence for you and obedience to your Word. Amen.

1 Taken from, Praying Through the Bible, “The Way of Blessing, November 14.”