Praise the LORD! Blessed [is] the man [who] fears the LORD, [Who] delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches [will be] in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; [He is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart [is] established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees [his desire] upon his enemies. 9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10 The wicked will see [it] and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.PSALM 112:1-10
A GOD-CENTERED LIFE
People used to think that the sun circled the earth every day and that the earth was the center of the universe. Then a guy named Copernicus came along with his theory that the Sun was the center of our solar system and the earth rotated on it’s axis. For centuries most everyone had it all wrong.
When people began to embrace Copernicus’ ideas nothing actually changed. Our earth did the same thing it had always done. The sun still “rose” and “set” the same way it always had from our perspective. Yet when we embraced Copernicus’ ideas everything changed. The more people recognized that the sun was the center of our solar system, the more they were able to chart the heavens and make other discoveries into the world of astronomy!
The same things happens in our lives when we come into a right relationship with God. It’s like a Copernican revolution. God is still God, He does what He has always done. He has always been at the center of everything, yet when we begin to live God-centered lives instead of self centered lives everything changes for us!
Psalm 112 like Psalm 111 is written as an acrostic of the Hebrew Alphabet. Each line starts with a different letter like A, B, C, D, E, and so forth. The big idea is that we become like the things we worship. If we worship God and He is the center of our universe we will reflect back His goodness in our lives. This psalms basically says blessed is the man who is God-centered from A to Z and every way in between.
Father, Everything exists for you and your glory! You are worthy of all praise, honor, and worship! Too often I am tempted to center my life on me rather than You. But I was made to be filled and fulfilled in worshipping you above all in my life. Let me live a God-centered life in all that I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I’m reading and blogging the Psalms Through The Summer. I’d love for you to join me. You can find out a little more here.