Praise the Lord!
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
Prayer of Reflections
When I started to read this psalm if sounded almost like I was listening to some “name it, claim it” preacher.
Obedience that leads to wealth. It’s easy to start daydreaming great “what if’s”
But then my heart heard these words in verse 4 about being generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Holy Spirit help me to lend into that. May I give away more than I spend of my resources, my talents and my time.
Forgive my selfishness and make me more selfless
Teach me to trust You O Lord, for my needs and some of my wants
Guard my heart, make me more generous.
From Tim Keller’s Book “The Songs of Jesus
THEIR LONGINGS COME TO NOTHING. Those who do not merely believe in God but fear him and so obey out of inner delight (see verse 1) have their characters transformed into his likeness (Ephesians 4:22–24). God is compassionate (111:4) and so they are generous (verses 4–5). God’s word endures (111:8) and so those who fear him are steadfast even when news is bad (verse 7). God is righteous (111:3) and so are they (verse 3), but remember that “righteousness” in the Bible consists not only of traditional family values (verse 2) but also of helping the poor (verse 9). The psalm says without God your deepest longings won’t be fulfilled (verse 10). That means that with God they will be (Psalm 16:11; John 6:35).
Prayer: Lord, I thank you that you give us the bread of life. All around me people are looking for meaning, satisfaction, freedom, connection. But these are all aspects of deep spiritual hunger, and only your grace and your face can satisfy that. Keep me from their cosmic wild goose chases. Let me taste and see that you are good. Amen.
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