Tuesday, May 15. Psalms 112 – 114

Psalms 111, 112, and 113 all begin the same way: “Praise the Lord.”  In Hebrew, it comes out “Hallelujah!”  Psalms 111 and 112 are acrostic poems with Psalm 111 exalting God and psalm 112 exalting the man of God, the one who “fears the Lord.”

What does it mean to “fear the Lord?”  The psalmist gives the answer.

Fearing God means to be gracious and compassionate to others, to be generous and to lend freely, to be impartial and fair (“conducts his affairs with justice”).  Most of all, it requires trusting in God.

The man who fears the Lord has nothing else to fear, for God takes care of him, granting him security.  Paradoxically, the man who doesn’t fear God fears everything, for he has no assurance, protection or hope.

You get to choose the life you want, but choosing alone will not make it so.  There must be follow-through for the best life, and that follow-through is a life that yields everything to the Lord.