Psalm 112 is God’s primer for blessed living. Whether you are employed or unemployed; blue collar, white collar or no collar; a PhD or self-taught—Psalm 112 promises that life with God is always better than life without God.
The psalm begins in verse 1 by stating the characteristics of the person who will live a blessed life, then verses 2-9 reveal the benefits that this lifestyle brings, and finally verse 10 speaks to the reaction of the non-believer who is watching as God makes all this happen.
Psalm 112:1: Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.
Psalm 112’s opening instruction is to “Praise the Lord.” The person who will enjoy the blessings of God is quick to exalt and honor him. To be blessed by God is to be the recipient of his benevolence and favor. Get right with God through salvation in Jesus Christ and the rest of your life will fall into place.
The blessed person takes great delight in obeying God’s commandments. “Delight” in the Hebrew conveys the word picture of reaching toward God, i.e., to be inclined toward God in all of life. Choosing to obey God is an informed and willful choice, not a religious task.
Praising God, reverencing Him, and obeying His commandments will open the door to the following eight blessings revealed in these excerpts from Psalm 112:2-9:
His children will be mighty in the land (vs. 2). Your God-honoring legacy will manifest in future generations of natural and spiritual offspring.
Wealth and riches are in his house (vs. 3). You will have enough. You will enjoy abundance and sufficiency.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright (vs. 4). “Light” is a metaphor for wisdom in times of uncertainty. God will illuminate your path in the face of life’s challenges.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely (vs. 5). You will be blessed with enough resources to allow you to freely give to others.
Surely he will never be shaken (vs. 6). You will not be separated from God or fall into spiritual decay.
He will have no fear of bad news (vs. 7). No one is immune to bad news.” Believers can suffer just like everyone else. But, God will deliver you from fear when confronted with the world’s trials.
His heart is secure (vs. 8). Your heart, the seat of your feelings and emotions, will remain steady in every circumstance.
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor (vs. 9). Your life will be significant and productive. Its impact will spread beyond your immediate circle of co-workers, friends, and family.
Finally, Psalm 112 closes by contrasting the person who fears the Lord, i.e., verses 1-9, with the “wicked” person who does not. Psalm 112:10 declares:
The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. (Emphasis added).
Others will see your blessed Christian lifestyle and be vexed. The root of vex means to jolt. The many blessings that are sure to flow from your God-praising and God-honoring life will be a powerful testimony to your co-workers and neighbors.