Light shines in the darkness for the upright.
He is gracious, compassionate, and righteous.
Good will come to a man who lends generously
and conducts his business fairly. He will never be shaken.
The righteous man will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:4-6
I was excited to pull out another set of verses from the Psalms this week. It’s so full of vivid imagery, profound wisdom, and truth. If you are ever feeling stuck in your prayer life, just open it up to the book of Psalms and start reading. It always ignites a fire in my heart. But that’s not all. The Psalms hold a lot of unique and interesting secrets that you can only find if you look at the original Hebrew text.
This particular Psalm is one of the Hallelujah Psalms and, although we can’t tell in the English language, it’s written in the form of an acrostic poem using all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. I always enjoyed the challenge of writing an acrostic poem in grade school. Remember those days?
I felt it was important to include the prior verses this week, Psalm 112:1-3.
Hallelujah! Happy is the man who fears the Lord, taking great delight in His commands. His descendants will be powerful in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Verse 1 really hit home for me. It reminds us to praise God for His commandments. So often we look at God’s commands and laws as a restriction instead of a lifeline or safety jacket. My husband and I were driving the other day and passed a lot that we had looked at years ago to build a house on. Due to some unsavory business practices by the seller’s agents, we didn’t get the lot. We were angry at the time. Not just because of the deception, but also the disappointment of losing something we wanted at the time. As we passed by this property, I said to my husband, “I’m so glad we didn’t get that lot. It wouldn’t have been the right move for us at all. We ended with something so much better. God really knew what He was doing.” Shocker, right! Of course, God knows what’s best! How do I get so caught up in daily life that I lose sight of that sometimes? I quickly followed up my last statement to my husband with, “Well, God ALWAYS knows what He’s doing.”
His commandments offer us the ability to look at ourselves without deception, to see where our weaknesses and sins lie within us. It’s then that we realize how much we need a Savior. We cling to the Father for guidance and assistance in moving beyond what holds us back from being the child of God He desires for us to become.
As verse 4 tells us, the God we serve is gracious, compassionate and righteous. As we close today, I hope you will reflect on the definitions of these three attributes (see below). When we believe and trust that God is who He says He is, the grace and forgiveness He offers us are so much easier to accept and our desire to live Godly lives follows suit.
Gracious: marked by kindness, courtesy, tact and delicacy. characterized by good taste, good breeding and a generosity of spirit.
Compassionate: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress with a strong desire to alleviate it, warm-hearted and tender
Righteous: acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin