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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Psalm 112 is a continuation of Psalm 111. The first one speaks of the magnificence of God’s works, His faithfulness and His righteousness, while Psalm 112 presents the blessings to come on the wise, God-fearing man, in contrast with the wicked one (ver.10). To describe the righteous man, who is not detached from living in the reality of a sin-contaminated world, filled with adversity (“darkness”, v.4; “bad news”, v.7; “foes”, v.8), the author uses a comprehensive expression: “His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (v.7). This is what most people desire, even though not using the words of the Psalmist. There are many who possess many things, but they are lacking in stability, so they become enslaved by pleasures, material gain and other idols.

The foundation for a stable, fulfilled life, is presented in the introduction to this Psalm, right after the calling to praise: “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds a great delight in His commands” (v.1). He is an “upright” (v.2) man, he is generous, ready to help those in need, he “lends freely” (v.5) and God’s blessing is always in his life. This description anticipates the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus sets the standard established by God for those who are His children. True generosity is not measured by the value or the quantity of the gift, but rather by the attitude in which the giving is performed. We have the supreme example of Christ, in His sacrifice on the Calvary. Looking unto the supreme offering, obeying His commandments becomes a “great delight” (v.2).

Dear Lord,

We aspire toward the spiritual and emotional stability which is often lacking in our lives. Teach us true generosity and give us the power we need to walk in the footsteps of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

 

Ioan Campian-Tartar
General Secretary
Romanian Union Conference