God’s Saving Word: Praise and Thanksgiving
Psalm 112: Today’s psalm could be considered a continuation of Psalm 111 (yesterday’s reading). Written in the wisdom tradition, the psalm outlines the virtues of a righteous person.
The Happiness of a Good Person
112 Praise the Lord!
Happy is the person who honors the Lord,
who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.
2 The good man’s children will be powerful in the land;
his descendants will be blessed.
3 His family will be wealthy and rich,
and he will be prosperous forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for good people,
for those who are merciful, kind, and just.
5 Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,
who runs his business honestly.
6 A good person will never fail;
he will always be remembered.
7 He is not afraid of receiving bad news;
his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord.
8 He is not worried or afraid;
he is certain to see his enemies defeated.
9 He gives generously to the needy,
and his kindness never fails;
he will be powerful and respected.
10 The wicked see this and are angry;
they glare in hate and disappear;
their hopes are gone forever.
Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 112:1b
Happy is the person who honors the LORD, who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.
Yesterday’s reading (Psalm 111) concluded by stating that wisdom is gained by honoring the LORD; in today’s reading the writer affirms that honoring the LORD also brings happiness. How is a righteous person described in this psalm and what virtues are cited? In the concluding verse, what does the psalm writer say about the wicked? In what ways will you honor God today?
Lord God, I trust in you and ask that you strengthen my faith day by day. Teach me to be kind and generous and help me overcome any feelings of anger or envy that I may feel toward others. I thank and praise you for your mercy and steadfast love. May my words and actions this day bring honor to you. Amen.
Psalm 113: The LORD’s goodness is praised.