Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in His commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon the earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house; and his righteousness endures forever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is gracious and full of compassion and righteous.
A good man shows favor, and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved forever; the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.
The wicked shall see it and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.
I like this Psalm because it lists some of the Blessings of Obedience. You know that being obedient to the Word of God brings blessings, and this Psalm outlines some of those.
We are told in verse 1: PRAISE THE LORD. We see right away that we are to PRAISE THE LORD. So, how do we do that?
First of all, we need to know which Hebrew word is used here. There are 7 Hebrew words that we translate “Praise” – one word means to throw up the hands to give thanks; one means to rejoice; another means 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 our praise, they tell us different attitudes of praise in which we are to offer that praise…by lifting up our hands – giving thanks to God for His great Love, Mercy and Grace! We are surrendering to God, so to speak – like we are saying, “God, YOU alone are worthy to be praised and I praise You with all that is within me! I surrender my will to Your Will – let Your Will be done in my life because You only want good for me!”
The Hebrew word for Praise used here in Psalm 112, is to flash, or 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. Because 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) that fears the LORD. (understand here that when the Bible says, Blessed is the ‘man’…it is the inclusive term for all of humankind. ‘Man,’ as used in the Bible is like CAT – there are male cats and there are female cats, but all cats are cats! Therefore, there is the MALE man (and not the guy who delivers our letters and cards) and there is the FEMALE man – but all are termed “MAN.” So, ladies, don’t feel left out or think that God is some chauvinist. God groups us all together in the classification “man.”
BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT FEARS THE LORD
BLESSED means to pronounce happy. We are declared happy if we fear the Lord. The word FEAR does not mean to be terrified of – it means to revere, reverence, to stand in awe of.
We are pronounced happy because 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 Son, Jesus, to this earth, to suffer and die so that I didn’t have to be lost and separated from Him any longer – so that as soon as I believed on Jesus, I was born again and was put into a right relationship with Father God!
Now, THAT’S GOOD NEWS! So many today preach hell hot and sin black, but the sinner already knows that. We need to teach people that God has MERCY! God has enough GRACE for everyone… There’s not a sin so awful…not a sin so black that the Grace of God can’t reach that person and rescue him or her from the jaws of hell. And that’s GOOD NEWS! The good news is not that people are going to hell…but the Good News is that they DON’T HAVE TO! God made provision for them: His Son, Jesus Christ…Jesus, the Messiah! They don’t have to go to hell but can go to heaven to be with our Father God and the Lord Jesus Christ throughout all eternity! GLORY!
Happy… HAPPY is the man that reverences the Lord, that delights in His commandments.
You know, God told us that if we do His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, then we would be blessed… we would be pronounced HAPPY! In the 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy, we have the Blessings and the curses listed. READ the Blessings – verses 1-14.
Now that’s pretty inclusive! And all we have to do, God tells us in verse 1: “IF you shall hearken diligently to the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command you this day, then the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth; and all these blessings shall come on you and overtake you, IF you hearken to the voice of the LORD your God.” (emphasis added) This is what is known as the Blessings of Abraham! Those Blessings are listed in the first 14 verses of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28>
Then the next 53 verses tell us of the curses – FIFTY-THREE verses of curses that this world system has in store for humanity! …and we find that sickness, poverty, lack, oppression, disease, depression – anything and everything that can go wrong in your life or in your body – is ALL under the curse!
But, there’s MORE good news! Galatians 3:13 tells us that “CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW, being made curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone that hands on a tree” [and Jesus hung on a cross]; “that the Blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles [or the unbelieving people that were not of the House of Israel], …that the Blessings of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
That’s VERY GOOD NEWS!
So, if you Praise the LORD…if you are pronounced happy because you reverence the LORD and you delight greatly in His commandments, here’s what you can expect:
- Your children shall be mighty upon earth! I expect my children to do great things! My children 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 and for humanity? Of course you do! …and you can expect that to happen as one of the Blessings of Obedience to God and His Word.
- 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 and soul and strength. I 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 so I can give to people in need!
- The 3rd thing: 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 jealous of them or jealous of their prosperity.
- A good man shows favor and lends. Well, if you don’t have wealth and riches, you certainly can’t lend to others. If you only have enough to get by, there isn’t any left over to lend.
- He guides 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 first 10% belongs to the Lord. It is the Tithe! and God calls it HOLY! My pastor said one time: the first 10% belongs to God and 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 did’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.
- Surely he shall not be moved forever. The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He KNOWS 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 about 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 place 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 for awhile…not just on Easter and Christmas at church…or just Sunday, one-day and done! 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 Father God. I make every effort to continually be LIVING in His shadow. I make every effort to rely on Him for everything in my life!
7. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. Sometimes the enemy of our soul, the devil, will try to put fear on us. He will tell us our children are in trouble.he will tell us we can’t pay our bills…he will tell us that we have some terrible, awful disease. But like Isaiah 53:1 says: Whose shall believe our report? God’s report is GOOD! We are to live by Faith in God! In Hebrews 11:2 it says that by FAITH, the elders obtained a good report! If it isn’t a good report, then it’s not of faith! God also tells us that the Just shall live by faith. And if you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, then you are the JUST! In Jeremiah 29:11, it says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a HOPE and an expectation!” (emphasis added)
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid. 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. Remember Jeremiah 29:11: ‘…for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a HOPE and an expectation!”
His thoughts toward me are GOOD! They are thoughts for peace and not evil…they give me a HOPE and an expectation of GOOD! My heart is fixed, trusting 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 has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor! You will be exalted and honored: by your family, by your friends, by your business associates, by everyone who knows you – because you have been obedient to the Lord God!
The Blessings of Obedience are GOOD – they are ours to claim as Promises of God for us. Each one of you reading this who has praised the Lord because you reverence God and you delight to do His commandments , repeat this prayer:
Thank You, Father, that you have caused me to inherit the Blessings of Obedience. Thank You that my children 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!
If you have not received Jesus into your heart; if you are not born again and a child of the Most High God, pray this prayer from your heart:
“Oh God, I know that without Jesus I am lost. I don’t want to be lost, I want to be saved. You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die for me so that I could have eternal life. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I now ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me. Jesus, I believe You died for me, you bore my sins on the Cross, and that God raised you from the dead on the third day. I turn away from sin and I make You the Lord of my life, Jesus. Thank You for saving me and helping me to live a life pleasing to You. Amen.”