Psalm 112

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by: FCC Staff

11/18/2022

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1   [a] Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;      all those who practice it have a good understanding.      His praise endures forever!   Psalm 112

I saw an interesting cartoon recently.  There were two identical frames seen from opposite perspectives.  The first perspective is seen from behind a man on a small deserted island.  As he looks out onto the sea, he sees a small boat and excitedly exclaims “A Boat!”   The second perspective is shown from behind the man in a small boat.  As he spots the small island, he excitedly exclaims “Land!”  Each person’s perspective caused them to be excited for different reasons and each wished to exchange places with the other.

Perspective can change everything, and the Psalm today reveals this.  Two types of people are described here.  The first is the person who encounters God and who: “praises the Lord,” “fears the Lord,” “delights in His commandments,” “deals generously and lends,” “has a firm heart,” and “trusts in the Lord.”  Of this person, it is said they are blessed with righteousness forever.   The second type of person encounters God and simply responds with anger, wicked desires, and the gnashing of teeth.   It says of this person that he will perish.     

Two different types of people encountering the same God end up in completely different places.  How can this be?  There are probably a multitude of answers to that question, and it is dependent on the situation.  We do know that humanity has behaved like this for a long time.  All throughout the Old Testament, people have responded to the acts of God in both ways.

This is also seen clearly in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles.  A miracle or sermon preached to a crowd broke the hearts of some, drawing them to God, while that same miracle or message angered others to the point of wanting to put to death the messenger.

If you have responded positively to God’s goodness and have received His grace, then I encourage you to continue responding on a daily basis to that goodness so that you may “finish the race” as Paul writes in II Timothy 4:7.  If you have not responded positively to God’s goodness, or if you have dismissed God, I encourage you to rethink your position, because how we respond to God has eternal implications.  

Prayer for Today:

Father, I praise You for revealing Yourself to me.  I thank You for the saving grace You have offered, and for the strength to move through this life in accordance to Your will.  Amen.

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1   [a] Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;      all those who practice it have a good understanding.      His praise endures forever!   Psalm 112

I saw an interesting cartoon recently.  There were two identical frames seen from opposite perspectives.  The first perspective is seen from behind a man on a small deserted island.  As he looks out onto the sea, he sees a small boat and excitedly exclaims “A Boat!”   The second perspective is shown from behind the man in a small boat.  As he spots the small island, he excitedly exclaims “Land!”  Each person’s perspective caused them to be excited for different reasons and each wished to exchange places with the other.

Perspective can change everything, and the Psalm today reveals this.  Two types of people are described here.  The first is the person who encounters God and who: “praises the Lord,” “fears the Lord,” “delights in His commandments,” “deals generously and lends,” “has a firm heart,” and “trusts in the Lord.”  Of this person, it is said they are blessed with righteousness forever.   The second type of person encounters God and simply responds with anger, wicked desires, and the gnashing of teeth.   It says of this person that he will perish.     

Two different types of people encountering the same God end up in completely different places.  How can this be?  There are probably a multitude of answers to that question, and it is dependent on the situation.  We do know that humanity has behaved like this for a long time.  All throughout the Old Testament, people have responded to the acts of God in both ways.

This is also seen clearly in the ministry of Jesus and the apostles.  A miracle or sermon preached to a crowd broke the hearts of some, drawing them to God, while that same miracle or message angered others to the point of wanting to put to death the messenger.

If you have responded positively to God’s goodness and have received His grace, then I encourage you to continue responding on a daily basis to that goodness so that you may “finish the race” as Paul writes in II Timothy 4:7.  If you have not responded positively to God’s goodness, or if you have dismissed God, I encourage you to rethink your position, because how we respond to God has eternal implications.  

Prayer for Today:

Father, I praise You for revealing Yourself to me.  I thank You for the saving grace You have offered, and for the strength to move through this life in accordance to Your will.  Amen.

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