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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 112

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Having Faith in God (v 1-10)

Psalms 112 Commentary 

(112:1) Faith and Blessings - Many blessings are available to us--joy, honor, prosperity, security, freedom from fear 

(112:2-9) Fearing the Lord - When we fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. To fear God means to revere, to respect, and to stand in awe of his greatness and goodness. If you desire God's blessings, you must revere him and gladly obey him. 

(112:5) Our Money - Generosity can cure two problems that holding on to money creates: (1) Accumulating wealth can cause us to ignore those in need, including those who are dependent on us. In contrast, when our decisions are guided by generosity, we will naturally care for those in need around us and treat others fairly. (2) We may live with great anxiety because we fear losing our money. But if we're generous, we demonstrate that we have placed our trust in God--not our bottom line--for our security, and this frees us from worry. 

(112:7-8) Reverencing the Lord - We all want to live without fear; our heroes are fearless people who take on all dangers and overcome them. The psalm writer teaches us that fear of God can lead to a fearless life. To fear God means to respect and revere him as the almighty Lord. When we trust God completely to take care of us, we will find that our other fears- even of death itself--will subside.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Favor of God

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 112. In our text today, we see a theme of the advantages of having faith in God as He guards the minds and actions of those who follow His commands. In making an application, we see a plan for success. Yesterday, we looked at the pattern for a wise man, and today, we see the pattern for a successful man. As we apply the fear of the Lord to our lives, we reap the blessings of a life that has the favor of God. Today, the world goes in a direction that seeks its own way and produces little fruit, while the person who fears the Lord reaps a God-favored harvest. How about you? What type of harvest are you reaping? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that a person who fears the Lord will experience the favor of God.


Psalm 112

Psalm 112

 1Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

 2His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

 3Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 4Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

 5A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

 6Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

 8His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

 9He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

 10The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.