Psalm 112:1-10 (NRSV)
Verse 1Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments.
Verse 2Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Verse 3Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
Verse 4They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
Verse 5It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice.
Verse 6For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.
Verse 7They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Verse 8Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
Verse 9They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.
Verse 10The wicked see it and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.
How do we imagine the fear of the Lord? Are you afraid of God? I’m not. I am amazed by the great work God has done. I am dumbfounded by what God did for us in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. I am grateful for the salvation God has provided for me. I am embarrassed by my need for salvation and the ways in which I sin. I cling to the promises God has made to me and cling to their truth in my darkest hours. Now all that has been about me. But this is true for you as well. God has given these gifts to each of his children. We are called to remind one another of the precious gifts God has chosen to give to all God’s beloved children.
Gracious Lord God, Wow! We live in gratitude for all that you have done and given through Jesus, the light of the world. We pray in Jesus precious name. Amen.