Psalm 112

Psalm 112

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The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

112   Praise the LORD!
  Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
  His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
  Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
  It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
  For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
  He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
  He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
  The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

(ESV)


Psalm 112 Commentary

by Hank Workman

There are many things God provides for His people who walk in obedience.  Sometimes within the tangible but mostly in the emotional and strength to do as He asks.  Our God meets us where we are, no matter what we have come and truly brings blessing and hope to His people.

As this Psalm speaks, it is toward the advantages of having faith in God and following His lead.  It is about being obedient to all He asks even when it is most difficult.  In an echo from Psalm 111 which spoke of taking delight in the works of God.  112 speaks boldly of taking delight and refuge in God’s words.  The pairing of these 2 is wonderful.

I knew a guy who actually told me I speak too much on obedience.  It was a strange statement that I still to this day cannot wrap my mind around.  Obedience is costly.  We all know this.  Obedience also is hard.  But there is no dancing around the fact our God requires obedience no matter what.  But it is here the psalmist speaks toward the Godly blessing and advantages of being obedient.

Even  when the darkness penetrates, as verse 4 speaks toward, our God expects obedience.  For in His timing His light shines upon and breaks through the pitchest of black in situations giving direction and hope.

Commentator Horne says: “While we are on earth, we are subject to a threefold darkness – the darkness of error, the darkness of sorrow and the darkness of death.”  These are true statements and we encounter them throughout our journey.  Yet these times of darkness give a picture of wisdom that only God can bring out in such times.  Again, it comes to our obedience in the matter as we walk uprightly before Him no matter what happens.  Because we are being obedient, because His character is  wisdom we who walk alongside even through such times our heart becomes established and in the end we see His victory only He can bring.

Establish your heart toward obedience.  God blesses the obedient with strength and wisdom and continues to give strength as we follow what He asks.


Psalm 112 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

In my opinion, verse 7 defines the context for this entire psalm.

Psalms 112:7 HCSB  He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the LORD.

“His heart is fixed,” or prepared, ready, and in arms for all services; resolved not to give back, able to meet all adventures, and stand its ground. God is unchangeable; and therefore faith is invincible, for it sets the heart on him; fastens it there on the rock of eternity; then let winds blow and storms arise, it cares not.”

Robert Leighton

“The good man will not be alarmed by any report of danger, whilst the dishonest man, conscious of his wickedness, is always in a state of fear.”

George Phillips

It is typical for the psalms of wisdom (and Proverbs as well) to compare the results of the good man to the results of the evil man. It is a black and white contrast that simplifies the built-in consequences God has defined in His world. The first half of this psalm outlines the prosperity of a righteous person. In contrast, Psalm 109 details for us the destiny of the wicked. However, we all know that life is often not this simple. Sometimes, like Job, a righteous person suffers an onslaught of horrific trials.

This is why verse 7 is so critical to this psalm.

The reason why a faithful follower of Jesus can have joy in any situation is because of the trust that individual has in God’s strength. We get a perfect illustration of this by comparing David to Saul. David faced treacherous circumstances many times in his life, but He continually sought God with his whole heart. Saul lived in fear which caused him to make decisions in his flesh and even consult a witch toward the end of his life. David clung to the rock of his foundation. Saul was tossed by the waves.

Sometimes it is so difficult to cling to the promises we can’t see when the storm continues to demolish us. Verse 7 reminds us that we are not people who shrink back from suffering and persecution. We will not fear. We will not retreat. We will trust.

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