Praise the Lord!Psalm 112:1
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying His commands.
I love sharing God’s eternal promises . . . the blessings and the joy I’ve experienced through loving and trusting the Lord. I’ve often said that if I reached the end of my life and learned that atheists or those who worshipped someone or something other than the Triune God of the Bible were right—I still would not have wanted to live my life any other way.
Although truthfully, I believe there is too much evidence to not believe the Bible.
And I’ve seen too many of God’s promises fulfilled in my life and the lives of others to place my trust in anyone or anything other than God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
With that being said, I’ve been struggling to know what to share with you as I read and reread Psalm 112.
You see, it continues with what a Prosperity Preacher would lift up as words of “gold.”
Their children will be successful everywhere;Psalm 112:2-5
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
Fear the Lord, obey His commands, give generously and you will be wealthy with successful children. Wouldn’t that be awesome? These verses could easily be used as inspiring motivators to get people to join our faith family. And some do!
But the truth is not all believer’s children are successful and not all godly people are wealthy.
So, are we to believe based on this Psalm? Is its message telling us that if a believer’s child fails or they themselves are not wealthy they’re not living according to God’s will? Are we to evaluate someone’s faith based on those external factors?
I don’t think so.
I think the Psalmist’s point lies in verses 7 and 8…
They do not fear bad news;Psalm 112:7–8
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
You see, when we “fear the Lord” we don’t have to fear anyone or anything else.
Paul wrote the following to the church in Rome…
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?Romans 8:31b–32
As I sit here writing, the song, Blessings by Laura Story is playing on my music channel.
And I’ve had to pause mid-keystroke to listen. You see, this is a God moment for me. I’m writing this several weeks before you are reading it and today has been a hard day. My heart has been heavy as I’ve watched Rev and our pup, Sadie, struggle with their health.
I know God is with us but I also know that life is not free of problems and pain even for those who SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, LOVE, and make it their heart’s desire to OBEY the Lord. He gives us what we need to prepare us for the future . . . a forever future made possible through His saving grace and the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.
So, we can confidently trust the Lord to care for us. We can fearlessly face the foes in front of us because Jesus has already defeated them. We can praise the Lord and surrender our lives to Him in faith asking Him to help us live according to His will. Not to make us wealthy and give us perfect children but because He has given us everything we need to live each day with faith, hope, and love.
A Prayer to Fear the Lord and
Trust His Eternal Promises
Heavenly Father, I do thank and praise You. I trust Your eternal promises. I thank You for the countless blessings You give me each and every day the greatest of which is the blessing of Your Son and my Savior, Jesus.
The enemy continues to tempt us with offerings of wealth, success, and perfect families and I believe it gives You joy to see Your children enjoy those things. But when I read the accounts in Job and the lives of the Apostles and when I read about martyrs and those who have lived in poverty or been rejected by their children, I don’t believe those things are evidence of faith or lack of it. Please forgive us for taking verses like these out of context and allowing Satan to tempt us to use them to judge or manipulate one another.
Please help us focus on Your love . . . the way You love us and the way You want us to love each other. Help us love well and trust You to give us everything we need to live well according to Your will.
I thank and praise You for making it possible for me to know that sometimes Your blessings come through raindrops and sometimes Your healing comes through tears. I thank You for the sleepless nights that have reminded me that You are near. As I go through the trials of this life help me remember that Your mercies and gracious love are always at work in my life. I love you and pray in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
May we all take some extra time today to count our blessings . . . especially the blessings of God’s Eternal Promises. Because when we get to the end of our lives there is nothing that will matter more.
One more thing … I’m thankful to tell you that today we are doing well. Yes, Rev and Sadie continue to face health challenges but God is with us giving us His peace and helping us to live with joy.
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