In The Word

Read Psalm 111, 112

The Lord Praised for His Goodness.

Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever.
He has made known to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They are upheld forever and ever;
They are performed in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments;
His praise endures forever.

Prosperity of the One Who Fears the Lord.

Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
Light arises in the darkness for the upright;
He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.
It is well with the man who is gracious and lends;
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
For he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.

He will not fear evil tidings;
His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear,
Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.
He has given freely to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever;
His horn will be exalted in honor.

The wicked will see it and be vexed,
He will gnash his teeth and melt away;
The desire of the wicked will perish.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Walking In The Word

Today, we are reminded that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This fear is a reverence for who God is and an understanding of who we are in Him. As we study His Word and His works, we see His truth, justice, majesty and righteousness. We realize that He is gracious and compassionate, and we give Him thanks with all of our heart for His redemption and His covenant. He is holy and awesome. True worship and praise begins with this reverence.

Also, we see that those who fear the Lord will be blessed. They gladly follow the Lord’s direction and teachings, and they gain understanding.  As they walk in the Lord’s ways their generation and future generations will be blessed.  As they follow Him, they will not walk in darkness, but they will have the Light of life (John 8:12). They know the graciousness of the Lord and they extend that to those around them. They give freely to the poor. They are not afraid of the wicked. Their heart is steadfast and upheld because they trust in the Lord.

How about you? Do these psalms describe you? Do you fear Him or do you walk in the fear of the world. Does His light shine in you? As you read and study His word today, meditate on who He is and what He has done for us. Worship Him with the reverence that only He is worthy of.


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