Psalm 112 – Motivation To Love God And Fear His Words
Psalm 112:1-10 NIV
Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands
His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.
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.
This Psalmist says that the “man who fears the Lord” and finds “great delight in His commands” is blessed. This is his motivation. We need motivation to fear God and to love His words too.
Firstly, the Psalmist had the vision that his children and generations after will benefit from his devotion to God, “the generation of the upright will be blessed”. This of course cannot be taken as a promise, because everyone is responsible for their own walk with God and our children may not choose to follow God. But if we set an example of righteousness, it is more likely our children will follow, and be blessed.
It is every Christian parent’s dream to have his or her child follow God. This must of course not be our main reason for loving God, but it can be an extra motivation. It is not wrong to have such additional motivations, just like how having children gives us an extra motivation to keep our marriage strong too.
“Wealth and riches are in his house” doesn’t necessarily refer to financial wealth, but to treasures that are far more important – being rich in the eyes of God. Do we feel emotionally and spiritually richer after knowing God? What makes us feel rich today? The contentment we find when we delight in God’s words will give us greater satisfaction than the pleasures of worldly wealth.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26 NIV)
The “upright... gracious and compassionate and righteous man” will find light when he is engulfed by darkness. The upright fears only the Lord. The gracious will give himself space for God to fill up. The compassionate will trust God is compassionate. The righteous is faithful because he knows God is faithful, and that endures forever.
At the end of the day, we have our salvation and relationship with God and that matters more than everything else. When we focus on these, our heart will feel secure and we will fear no bad news. Those who walk closely with God are calm because they know God knows better, and has a plan for them. Every one of us Christians will die and be with God one day; how bad can anything on earth be?
The Psalmist believed that God would reward him because he is “generous and lends freely” and “conducts his affairs with justice”.
We will “never be shaken” and will “have no fear of bad news” if we trust in the Lord. We'll usually try to control our own destiny if we don’t have a close walk with God. When we know that God will do good for those He loves, we will understand that we only need to try our best and let God do the rest.
The Psalmist believed that he would “look in triumph on his foes”. I’m frequently guilty of not trusting that God is on my side. I must consistently remind myself to trust that God is with me and there is nothing to fear. Daily meditation on His words will make us better understand God’s enduring faithfulness.
The Psalmist also reckoned that his “horn (esteem) will be lifted high in honor” when he gives to the poor. The world looks upon the accumulation of wealth with esteem, God looks at the generous giving away of our wealth with esteem. Do you desire to be considered highly in God’s sight?
“The wicked man will see and be vexed”, they will see what we have and be envious of us. Their longings will “come to nothing.”
Their worldly desires will bring eternal harm on themselves. Our longing to fear God and find delight in His words give us a far better deal!
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.