Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will 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 deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor. The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112
Psalm 112 tells us about the righteous man who fears the Lord and loves, as well as delights in the commandments of the Lord. From verse 2 down we see some of the blessings a righteous man will receive. The rest of Psalm 112 also shows the character of all who are righteous and upright. Verse 4 says, “Unto the upright there arises light in darkness…” This reminds me of how when a righteous person enters a room almost everyone can feel that something is different about them – it could be by the way they navigate the room and interact with others. But remember what the verse says, unto the upright there arises light in darkness. So even in a room full of darkness the light of the righteous will shine because the light of the righteous comes from the light of the world – Jesus Christ.
I’ve been reading the book of Romans lately and I’ve noticed that it’s not the righteousness from obeying the law (law/rules of man in general) that counts, but the righteousness in Christ that we receive through faith.
I’ve heard about many do gooders in the world who expect and think they deserve to go to heaven because they’ve been generally good. But they’ve only the righteousness from the law – the righteousness from Christ is greater. The righteousness from Christ makes the righteousness of the law of this world null.
From reading Psalm 112 I can see that the righteous will receive their reward – not only that reward of joining Christ when He comes, but also the reward of reaping the benefits of one who diligently walks in the way of the Lord. The generation of the upright will be blessed, His descendants will be mighty on earth, wealth and riches will be in his house, he will guide his affairs with discretion, he will never be shaken, he deals graciously, he lends, his heart will be established, he will not be afraid, his horn will be exalted with honor, and he is full of compassion. These are the many blessings and attributes of a righteous man. I read that he is compassionate and I think of how great God’s compassion is. I read of how he will guide his affairs with discretion and I think the righteous must acknowledge the Lord in all they do; they wouldn’t even dear lean on their own understanding. I think of how the scripture says he will never be shaken, and I think that’s because his foundation is of Christ – the solid rock that stands. Most of all, I pray that the righteous will continue in their ways because their reward is sure, they have no reason to grow weary in doing good, for in due season they will receive if they faint not.
All praise and thanks be to God for His wonderful mercies and His infiniteness, for He is God alone and there is no one above Him.