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NINE PROMISES THAT ARE OURS WHEN WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY… These promises come in groups of three. There are three key scriptures in this psalm, and each one has three promises to help you live an overcoming life.
I. Psalm 112:1… “Praise the Lord! For all who fear God and trust in him are blessed beyond expression. Yes, happy is the man who delights in doing his commands” (TLB). The KJV uses the word “blessed.” The kind of person that God blesses is the person who delights in the Word of God. He is a man with solid principles in his life, one of which is delighting in what God is saying. He is devoted to God and his affections show it. He is a man well-acquainted with the workings of God’s government. God’s rules of conduct are written in his heart. Notice the three blessings that follow…
a) V. 2… For the family, mighty children… “His children shall be honored everywhere, for good men’s sons have a special heritage” (TLB). A lot of emphasis is put on youth today by society, and they haven’t got a very good record. Paul speaks to fathers in Ephesians 6:1-4 and exhorts them to get wisdom to guide their children from the Lord. When the parents are not strong in the Word the devil will attack their children.
b) V. 3… For the workplace, prosperity… “He himself shall be wealthy, and his good deeds will never be forgotten” (TLB). All too often, the devil brings crisis after crisis to put you further and further behind. God wants to change all of that. Wealth shall be in your house. Wealth includes the fruit of the Spirit. A lot of people would pay a great price to have the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Often the devil’s fruit fills their homes and it robs the wealth that God wants in their lives.
c) V. 4… For your peace of mind, understanding in times of confusion… “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (KJV). God has wisdom for the man who delights in the Word. James 1:5 says, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it” (TLB). Even Christians go through afflictions. There are lots of common trials. Micah 7:8 teaches that when people sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto them.
II. Psalm 112:5… “A good man shewth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion” (KJV). When we are upright, compassionate, and show favor to others who need help, God gives us three more promises. Often in times of someone else’s trial, we are anything but righteous and compassionate. The word “upright” here can refer to being straightforward and level-headed.
a) V. 6… When problems almost overwhelms us, we will not be shaken. “Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. God’s constant care of him will make a deep impression on all who see it” (TLB). The NIV says, “will never be shaken.” What is the devil targeting in your life, and what is he trying to stop? The Spirit is talking about the importance of your reputation and your testimony.
b) V. 7… When your loved ones are away from you, you will not fear bad news. “He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him” (TLB). God will take care of the youth. Trust Him to do it.
c) V. 8… When you are in spiritual warfare, you will have an established heart that does not fear enemies. “His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies” (KJV). When we get to heaven, we will see just how weak the devil is, but we need that “light” now. Satan has been defeated on the cross. The Bible says so.
III. Psalm 112:9… When we give to help meet the needs of others… “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor” (KJV). Some folks need good advice and insight on giving. God promises three more great things when His people have the spirit of giving. There is power in giving, deliverance power. If you would ask the heads of giant corporations on how they became wealthy, they may tell you that it’s because they had, in their talents and abilities, the spirit of philanthropy. Notice the three blessings in this passage…
a) V. 9… There is no fear of losing out spiritually; i.e., eternal righteousness… “He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever” (KJV).
b) V. 9… Your influence is recognized; there is promotion, honor and authority… “His horn shall be exalted with honour” (KJV). Jesus said in John 12:26, “If any man serve me, him will my Father honor.” The devil wants to attack your influence. He wants to disgrace you and shame you.
c) V. 10… When the devil sees your willingness to ease the burden of others, the secret plans of the enemy will collapse. “The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing” (NIV). King David in Psalm 118:17 knew that his enemies had secret plans to destroy him. But David said, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (KJV).
This psalm is very easy to understand. It’s a road map out of any current crisis you may have. Paul exhorted us to work out our own salvation; i.e., we can work ourselves out of any predicament that we have gotten into by keeping the three main verses in Psalm 112. Love the Word of God and delight in it. Show mercy and compassion. Help those who are in need. Work out your own salvation and take the reins of your life. Keep in mind that working out your own salvation refers to your responsibilities after you have given your heart to Jesus Christ. Make a break from all negative attitudes.
Pastor George Belobaba
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