The Psalms

Psalm 112 The Blessed State Of The Righteous.

The psalmist praised the LORD for the blessing that comes to those who delight in His commands (v. 10 Cf. Ps. 128). Those Christians who reject the law know nothing of this blessing and praise. These blessings are concrete-“His descendants will be mighty on earth.” (v. 2a Cf. Ps. 102:28) “Wealth and riches will be in his house.” (v. 3a; Cf. Pr. 3:16; 8:18; Mt. 6:33) This isn’t a “name it and claim word of faith” thing. This is what normally accrues to those who delight themselves in the LORD’s commands, for his “righteousness endures forever.” (v. 3b) This is a righteousness that comes by grace, from the LORD who is “full of compassion and righteous.” (v. 4b). Light shines in the darkness for the upright by grace (Cf. Job 11:17; Ps. 97:11).

Those who are thus shown grace are themselves gracious, as Paul also testified (II Cor. 9:8-9). Furthermore, as with the blessings, this graciousness is concrete, for he “lends.” (v. 5a, 9; Ps. 37:26; Lk. 6:35-36) Delighting in the LORD’s commands causes one to govern their “affairs with discretion.” (v. 5b Cf. Eph. 5:15; Col. 4:5) The righteous are history makers who are remembered because their works have lasting value (v. 6 Cf. Pr. 10:7). They are secure, because deep down in the core of their beings, their hearts are steadfast and established (vv. 7-8 Cf. Pr. 1:33; 3:24; Is. 12:2). The saints have hearts which are “established by grace.” (Heb. 13:9 Cf. Ps. 27:1; 56:11). They know that they will ultimately be victorious over their enemies (v. 8c, 10 Cf. Ps. 59:10).

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