Read Psalm 112
1 Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
“Psalm 112 describes the godly man, presenting a picture of him that is a reflection of God himself, as described in Psalm 111, its companion psalm, and related to the picture of the ‘noble woman’ in Proverbs 31:20–31. Jesus is the perfect expression of the godly man as described in this psalm.
Paul cites verse 9 of our psalm in 2 Corinthians 9:9 in reference to his collection for the poor. He uses the psalm to remind his hearers that the godly person is generous, and thus he exhorts his hearers to give to the needy among them.”
Longman, Tremper, III. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Ed. David G. Firth. Vol. 15–16. Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2014. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries.
O Lord, give us a firm heart to trust in You, subduing our selfish nature in repentance and reviving us in Your righteousness. Amen.