PRAISE THE LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. 2. His descendants will be mighty on the earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3. Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious and full of compassion, and righteous. 5. A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion. 6. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 9. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; his horn (strength) will be exalted with honor. 10. The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish. (New King James translation)
This is one of my favorite Psalms because it lists some of the Blessings of Obedience. Being obedient to the Word of God brings blessings… and this Psalm outlines just some of those blessings.
Verse 1: PRAISE THE LORD! We see right away that we are to PRAISE the LORD! Just how do we do that?
First of all, we need to know which Hebrew word is used here for PRAISE. There are 7 Hebrew words that we translate as ‘praise.’ One means to throw the hands up; to give thanks; one means to rejoice; another to kneel and bless or adore; another means to shine forth, to be commended, to be worthy of praise; another means to confess praise or show thanksgiving in songs, etc. SEVEN different words for PRAISE, and while they all have God as the object of praise, they tell us different attitudes of praise in which we are to offer that praise… by lifting up the hands, or kneeling in adoration, etc.
The Hebrew word used in Psalm 112:1, is FLASH, SHINE FORTH, TO BE COMMENDED. We are to commend God. We are to show forth His praise in our lives because He alone is worthy of that praise. Nothing we can do in and of ourselves is worthy of Praise… only what HE does in our lives… and because of what He does, we give Him praise. He only does GOOD things for us and our praise is a form of thanksgiving to Him for His Goodness and Mercy!
The next phrase we come to is: Blessed is the man (or woman – please understand here that when the Bible says Blessed is the man, it is the inclusive term for all of mankind) .
Blessed is the man that fears the LORD.
Blessed means to pronounce happy! We are declared happy if we fear the LORD. “Fear” does not mean to be terrified of.. it means to revere, to reverence, to stand in awe of….
We reverence God, we stand in awe of Him. I used to think it meant to be terrified of… and I used to be afraid of God. Then I learned about His great LOVE wherewith He loved us… I learned that He cared enough about ME to send His only begotten Son, Jesus, to this earth, to suffer and die and be raised again so that I didn’t have to be lost and separated from Him any longer…so that as soon as I believed in my heart and confessed with my mouth that He died for me, was crucified, dead and buried, that God raised Him from the dead I was born again… born from eternal death and eternal separation from Father God and put into a right relationship with Him. (see Romans 10:9-10)
THAT’S GOOD NEWS! So many today preach hell hot and sin black, but the sinner knows that. We need to teach people that God has mercy… that God has enough grace for everyone, for where sin did abound, GRACE did MUCH MORE ABOUND! (Romans 5:20b)
Happy/Blessed is the man that reverences the LORD, that delights in His commandments!
God told us that if we do His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, then we would be blessed… happy. Read the 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy. Verses 1-14 list the Blessings. Then from verse 15-through to the end of that chapter, verse 68, (53 verses!) we see the results of NOT being obedient. Pretty inclusive! And all we have to do, God tells us in verse 1: IF you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will ….. and then he goes on to list the Blessings! The Blessings listed here are known as “the Blessings of Abraham.”
In the ‘curses’ of verses 15-68, we find sickness, poverty, lack, oppression, dicers, depression – any- and everything that can go wrong in your life or in your body – is under the curse.
But the GOOD NEWS: Galatians 3:13 says, “CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree …”(Jesus hung on the cross!), “…that the Blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (the unbelieving people that were not of the House of Israel) through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise off the Spirit through faith.”
If you Praise the LORD… if you are declared happy/blessed because you reverence the LORD, and you delight greatly in His commandments, here’s what you can expect:
1. Your children shall be mighty on the earth. I expect my children to do great things. My children and grandchildren are born again and they are going to heaven, but I expect them to do great things! They shall be mighty upon the earth. Their generation shall be blessed! Don’t you want your children and grandchildren and great grandchildren to be mighty on the earth and do wonderful things for God ad for humanity? Of course you do… and you can expect that to happen as one othe Blessings of Obedience to God and His Word.
2. Wealth and riches shall be in his house and his righteousness endures forever. Here we have God’s sanction of wealth and riches for the righteous man and woman. I expect wealth and riches to be in my house because I serve God with all my heart, soul and strength. Now, wealth and riches does not necessarily mean you’ll have millions of dollars to squander as you will. When you are born again and walk in the Blessings of God, you can expect good health, thereby eliminating all the money you would spend going to the doctor… or having to buy medicine. When you live in the Blessings of Obedience, you can expect your car to run smoothly, eliminating costly repairs; you can expect your washing machine, dryer, stove, refrigerator, etc., to operate efficiently without breakdowns and expensive costs to repair or replace. That’s living in the Blessings of Obedience!
I, therefore, expect to have an abundance so I can give into God’s work to get more people saved and brought into the Kingdom of God. I expect to have an abundance for every good work (see 2Corinthians 9:7-8).
3. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious and full of compassion, and righteous. This says there will be times of trials in our lives. When things seem dark, the Blessings of Obedience bring LIGHT into our life! We don’t stay in the darkness of oppression or depression or sickness. We have the LIGHT of LIFE – the Lord Jesus Christ! And the upright man will walk in the light of truth and his path will always be light. A good man will always be helpful to his neighbors and not be jealous of them or jealous of their prosperity!
4. A good man deals graciously and lends…. Well, if you don’t have wealth and riches, you certainly cannot lend to others. If you only have enough to just barely get by, there isn’t any left over to lend!
5. ...he will guide his affairs with discretion. Some people don’t know how to handle a dollar. As soon as they get it, they’ll throw it away on something silly or useless. The 1st 10% belongs to the LORD… it is the TITHE – and God calls it HOLY! My pastor said once: the 1st 10% belongs to God, the 2nd 10% should go into a savings account and then you should live off the rest. Do you realize that if we did that, we’d have an abundance to live on when we retired – and we could do things we never thought possible! There are some people who have had their own businesses and who have gone bankrupt and gone under because they didn’t know how to handle money. The man or woman who puts their confidence and trust in God guides his affairs with discretion – he or she is a good steward of what God has given to them!
6. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He KNOWS that his faith is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. He KNOWS that the Blood of Jesus covers him, the everlasting Arms of God are under Him, that the angels of the Lord encamp around him, and Goodness and Mercy follow him all the days of his life. He KNOWS that he abides under the shadow of the Almighty!
In Psalm 91:1 it says: “He that dwells in the secret pace of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” ! The word for DWELL means to settle down and stay, like take up a homestead. That says ABIDE, not take a vacation and come visit. ABIDE! It means to LIVE in the presence of….!
And if we LIVE under the shadow of the Almighty, we are confident in His protection and provision for us in our lives. The little boy who says, “…my daddy can beat up your daddy” is living in the shadow of his daddy. He knows that nothing can hurt him so long as his daddy is standing right by him.
That’s how we’re supposed to look at God. I KNOW that nothing can hurt me as long as I’m standing right by my Abba Father! I make every effort to continually be LIVING in His shadow… in His presence. I make every effort to rely on Him for everything in my life!
7. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. When evil tidings come, the man who is living in the Blessings of Obedience says: I won’t accept that report… I’ll believe God’s report! Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
His thoughts toward me are good! They are thought of peace and NOT evil – they give me a HOPE and an expectation of GOOD! My heart is steadfast…FIXED… trusting in the LORD!
The results of the Blessings of Obedience:
This man or woman who reverences the LORD… this man or woman who delights in His commandments… THAT one shall disperse, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn (or strength) shall be exalted with honor! You will be exalted and honored… by your family… by your friend… by your business associates… by your classmates… by everyone who knows you… because you have been obedient to the LORD GOD!
The BLESSINGS OF OBEDIENCE are ours if we claim them. Each one of you who is reading this message… if you have praised the LORD because you reverence Him and you delight to do His commandments, say this now:
“Thank you, Abba Father, that You have caused me to inherit the Blessings of Obedience. Thank You that my children (and grandchildren) are mighty upon the earth; that wealth and riches are in my house; that I am full of compassion; that I lend and guide my affairs with discretion. My heart is established in You, Father, and I thank You for loving me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”