Week of August 7 - Day 5

Day 5--Read: Psalm 112

Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is steady;[b] he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

Reflect: Make note of the characteristics of a righteous man and the blessings he receives from God.

Consider: Five blessings that come to one who fears God are enumerated: (1) He is blessed with physical and material prosperity because He is righteous (vv.2–3). (2) Light is given even in darkness … for the upright (v. 4). This could refer to prosperity (in place of disaster) or to discernment. (3) He receives goodness in return for being generous (v. 9) and just (v. 5). (4) He will be firmly established in his faith, unshakable, with no fear of what man might do to him (112:6–8). (5) Because he gives to the poor (v. 5) his horn (89:17, 24; 92:10) will be lifted up, that is, he will be made strong and honorable by the Lord.5

Respond: Write a prayer of adoration to the Lord for who He is. Consider His qualities you are most grateful for. Confess your disobedience. Finally, express thanksgiving to the Lord for his faithfulness and provision in your life.

5 Allen P. Ross, “Psalms,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 875.