“Praise the LORD! Happy are those who fear the LORD, who greatly delight in his commandments. Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.” (Psalm 112:1 – 3)
reading along in this psalm, wondering in the back of my mind what I
was going to say. Wondering if it would be a good passage to use the
“Preacher and Seeker” motif. Wondering too if I should start some
other household tasks before I settle into writing. Thinking on the
surface and not really about anything at any depth. Then I hit verse
four, and it hit right between the eyes.
“They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.” (Verse 4)
there it was, all the elements of the gospel passage PLUS my idea of
society teaching us how to we should best represent the Divine in
society. As society forms us against the backdrop of good and evil
in the world & our responding with a gentle, compassionate and
merciful faith system – we are to teach society about the Divine.
Just as we watch society pursue the elusive goals that leads to
unhappiness, sorrow and worse – society watches us, looking to see
how we are coping and what our lot in life is.
“It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the LORD. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.” (Verses 5 – 9)
know, in one sense I am judging society harshly. Not all of society
is depraved and indifferent. There is much good in the world, and
many good people. What was called “worldly” and “secular” is
not necessarily bad or wrong. Compassion and care shines through, and
most times good triumphs over evil. But . . . . . evil is out
there, and disguised such that we may not see it. However, if we
follow the example of Jesus, and the words of the prophet when they
tell us to heed the laws that the Divine set down, then we do not
need to worry about the evil that is out there. The psalmist says,
“The wicked see it [our good example] and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.” (Verse 10)
I like to think about that – our innocently going about our day spending the love of the Lord God wherever we go thwarts the plans and designs of the evil that still preys on the unwary, the innocent, and the naïve. What a protection and lesson our faith is! Selah!