Friday, July 16, 2010

Be Blessed - July 16, 2010

Psalm 112 (New International Version)

1 Praise the LORD. [Hallelujah!]
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who finds great delight in his commands.

2 His children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.

4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.

5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.

6 Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever.

7 He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor.

10 The wicked man will see and be vexed,
he will gnash his teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Want to know what it means to be blessed? Do you know what you can expect from living a God focused life serving Him? This psalm is written as an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It is a great biblical description for what it means to be blessed, and it shows us what happens when we live lives focused on God and His desires.

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