“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commands… His righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 112: 1 & 9b
Psalm 112 is a short 10 verse Psalm that describes what a blessed (empowered to succeed and prosper) person looks like. I encourage you to study this passage verse by verse and then order your life to look like the scriptural pattern for a blessed man or woman. Let’s look at the first three verses of this passage. (Psalm 112 is printed at the bottom of this article)
The first verse of this Psalm describes the root to the life of a blessed person. He fears or honors the commands of the Lord above everything else. All the other benefits lined out in this passage are contingent upon honoring God and delighting in His commandments. To honor God means to put Him and His Word first place in your life. It means what God thinks is more important than what anyone else thinks.
One of the first benefits of the blessed man (or woman) is that His children are strong and blessed among those in their generation. See vs. 2 God not only wants to bless you personally, He wants to bless your family. He wants your closest relationships to stay healthy and strong for a lifetime. Secular studies show that families who attend church together are relationally stronger and happier. That just confirms what you see in verse 2 of Psalm 112. God’s desire is for your family to be a consistent source of pleasure and joy for you. Settle for nothing less than children who are strong emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Next, this passage says the blessed man has wealth, riches and righteousness. See vs 3 There are many erroneous teachings regarding money and Christianity. Some say you can’t be a devoted follower of Christ and be wealthy. They imply that money will ruin your dedication to God. The Bible teaches the love of money is the root of all evil. In that case, there are many who have the love of money consuming their lives that don’t have two dimes to rub together. That is why they are driven to steal, embezzle or cheat others. It isn’t the possession of money that will ruin you, it is the love of money. There is a difference.
Picture with me a man who puts God first place in His life. He loves God, is devoted to His wife and children and He also has money. His priorities are in place. He is self disciplined, tithing first and using the remainder of his increase to provide for his family and be a blessing to the kingdom of God and those around him. He proactively looks into the future. Therefore, he has a savings account to provide for future needs and desires. Money doesn’t control him. He doesn’t pursue money and success. He pursues God. He treats it as a God given resource. No doubt, God is looking for men and women whom He can trust to be a conduit. Someone who can own wealth, and not let it own them.
Someone once said, “Show me a man who can handle success and wealth with integrity and humility I will show you a man of great character.” The righteous man in Psalm 112 knows how to be successful, wealthy and righteous, all at the same time. It begins with first delighting in knowing God and loving His commands.
I challenge you to read all of Psalm 112, below. Then, meditate the first three verses letting them become a part of your thinking this week. Watch how God will make your thoughts regarding what it looks like to be blessed, come into agreement with His will and His Word. It will change your life!
The Chapel e-letter is written by John and Gwen Miller to encourage and challenge believers in their faith.
1. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,who finds great delight in his commands. 2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. 5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. 9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor. 10 The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. - Psalm 112 (NIV)