Scripture: Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
They’ll have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing
(Psalm 112: 1-10 NIV).
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God is gracious and worthy to be praised! As Nehemiah expresses, “Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise (Nehemiah 5b NIV).
In Psalm 112, the anonymous psalmist begins his song with, “Praise the Lord.” In like manner, when we awaken in the mornings, we should express the same phrase, “Praise the Lord.” As a Matter of fact, we should praise and offer meditations to him all day long.
In addition, the Psalmist shares that it is to our benefit to fear God and keep his commands; that is that we are to hold him in the highest regard and stand in awe of him.
What really captures my attention in this particular Psalm is, “Even in darkness light dawns (begins) for the upright (righteous), for those who are gracious and compassionate.” In essence, those who are righteous may experience illnesses and life struggles that may cause worry. However, those who fear the Lord, walk upright, and keep his commands, will be blessed with comfort in the middle of their struggles.
As Christians deal with trying times, especially monetary difficulties, due to government shutdowns and other unforeseen issues, God will enable light in dark times. Also, as Christians give to others, the psalmist notes, “Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely.” Continue to praise him and keep his commands and know that even in darkness light dawns for the upright!