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Psalm 112: The Righteous Person’s Portrait

by | Jun 18, 2024

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In this Psalm, the two conditions of the blessed life are laid out. The first is to fear the Lord, and the second is to delight greatly in His commandments. And then we also have a description of the blessed results of that life: a mighty family of descendants, a blessed generation, wealth and riches, enduring influence, light amidst the darkness, and many suchlike things. This psalm is replete with the blessings that descend upon the head of the child of God, who lives for Him alone.

This is a Psalm of consolation for those who love the Lord; those who truly love Him are encouraged and praised in their Christian life. “Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord,” declares the Psalmist. To the world, the people of God appear to be the most miserable of all human beings; both their life and their doctrine are condemned by those tongues which the devil raises up and uses for that evil work. All things in the saints make them appear – to the carnal eye – as if they were left and forsaken and deserted by God, and as if they and their posterity must surely perish. Moreover, their lives and lifestyles – although they render the most essential services to both their nation and the Church, and although they conduct themselves righteously before God and man – are, by the malice of the devil, represented as being most abominable. They themselves are looked upon as the contempt and off-scouring of the earth, while all hypocrites and evildoers in this world are lauded as being praiseworthy and privileged. But, as the wise man says, “Better is the little in the house of the righteous, than the great revenues of the wicked.” However, in the midst of all this false representation, the righteous stand fast, despite all these afflictions. They steadily trust in the Lord, they are delivered and saved, and they gain blessed consolation; but the wicked perish on every side. “To the upright,” says the Psalmist, “there ariseth light in darkness!” Here, according to the general language of the Scriptures, he calls consolation light, and temptation darkness. And then, in the end of the Psalm, that noble and unsubdued steadiness of faith is greatly praised – which, in such mighty struggles and agonizing conflicts, is yet unwearied and unyielding; for it rests in all the promises of Jehovah. Even though the saint’s faith contends with such mighty waves, it is still enabled to sing with Paul, “Thanks be unto God who always causeth us to triumph in Christ!” The child of God “shall not be afraid of evil tidings,” declares the Psalmist; “his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord: his heart is established, he shall not be afraid until he see his desire upon his enemies” (verses 7-8). How thankful we ought to be to the Lord! For if Divine strength was not given to us by Christ, it would be impossible for us to ever be able to stand against such numerous and mighty assaults of temptation!

O Lord, we give thanks to You that we never need to “be afraid of evil tidings!” Thank You for the blessed strength that You give us, which makes it possible for us to be able to stand up in victory against all the assaults and persecutions of the devil and the world. Amen.

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