Bible text: Psalms 112
Today, someone would ask you why you serve God? Many of have mocked us for relying on God. When we are supposed to be like them. Probably, “enjoy life”. We know that lots of things are happening in our societies daily. I mean ungodly things. Yet, people are adamant and rebellious to the word of God. However, the question is what should we do knowing that the world is increasingly wicked and corrupt. The answer lies in our thoughts and deeds.
The Psalmist in verse one says, “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, / Who delights greatly in His commandments”. This psalm does not simply state its thesis. It documents it with a description of the righteous person who gives his life to God. The ancient Hebrews were pragmatists. They did not shy away from the consequences of living a godly life. They were able to ask, “What is in it for me?” Today, people are interested in their stakes in politics and business, not in God. It is a fact that, those who worship the Lord and walk in His ways will have mighty descendants and wealth; they will live in the light, be honest in business, and be secure when evil news comes or enemies attack. They will care for the poor, and their righteousness will endure forever. As a footnote to this, the psalm concludes that the wicked will see the life of the righteous, be grieved, melt away, and perish. These are the concrete results of knowing God and receiving His blessing.
Commentators identify this psalm as a wisdom poem. Many connect it to Psalm 111, suggesting that it is a commentary on its concluding verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; / A good understanding have all those who do His commandments” (Ps. 111:10). The thought moves from the call to worship and blessing in verse one to the rewards of that blessing in verses two to nine and ends with a footnote about the wicked in verse ten.
FEAR is to be afraid and worried about someone or something, knowing that you incapable of helping yourself. The fear provokes in someone the trust upon God.
Psalms 112:1 says, “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.”
What is a BLESSING? Webster’s dictionary defines blessing as the following:
- To make holy
- To ask divine favor for
- favor or endow
- To make happy or prosperous
- To praise or glorify
- To protect from evil
Someone needs to accept God as the source of blessing because he or she cannot receive the best in life by his or her self.
“Praise the Lord” – in Hebrew it means “Hallelujah.” Therefore, Psalms 112:1 reads this in Hebrews thus: “Hallelujah! Happy is the man who fears the Lord, taking great delight in His commands.”
Hallelujah means to get excited about what God provides. We sing to or praise God because of all He does for us. The true nature of blessing then is this: We don’t ask for more of what we could get ourselves. We ask for what only God can give us.
Therefore, the truth is that, nobody cannot make it through in life without God.
You cannot do well on your own: not even when you say you are married, have a university or college degree, have a job, own properties, have a business or have money, but the best in your life is only brought by God. If we fear, listen to, trust, obey, and praise God – or put Him first, we learn what true blessings are.
GOD is only which can bring to us any “blessing.” He wants us to obey Him. God gives us favour. He makes us happy and prosperous. God protects us from evil. He gives us sound health. He is the object of our worship and adoration.
The condition for receiving God’s blessing is to Fear, Reverend or Respect God. So to get a favour from God, one must praise Him continually.
There are five blessings for praising God
The Psalmist is telling us verses two to three, “OUR HARD WORKS WILL PAY OFF!
“His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”
In verse four, the Psalmist says, MY DARK DAYS WILL SOON END.
“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”
In verse five, the Psalmist says, MY GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL BE REWARDED!
“A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.”
In verses six to eight, the Psalmist says, MY FAITH IN GOD WILL MAKE ME STEADY AND SECURE.
“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.”
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.”
Verses nine and ten says, ‘I WILL BE HONORED BY GOD AND THE WORLD’
“He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.”
In conclusion, Christians have no other option than to put their trust in God. Those who put trust in God wouldn’t be disappointed nor put to shame. But those who compromise their trust in God will be put to shame and disappointed. Therefore, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” (Proverbs 3:5-9)
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO. SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. AKANINYENE DAVID AKPAN (MIN)