Daily Devotional: Day 105
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments” (Psalm 112:1, KJV).”
Many are the afflictions of the righteous (cf. Psalm 34:19). But many also are the blessings and rewards of the righteous. Today’s Bible text tells us that blessed is the man who fears the Lord. The Bible is referring to a godly person, one who trembles at the majesty and holiness of God, and recognizes his need to submit to this God and serve Him. The fear of God, according to the Bible, is the beginning of wisdom. In fact, where there is no fear of God, folly reigns in people’s hearts. Soon, they will declare that God does not exist (cf. Psalm 14:1).
A person who fears God manifests several characteristics. One of these characteristics is that he is careful to avoid sinning against his God or violating His commandments. This diligence is based on the person’s reverence and deep love for God. And if the godly person sins (cf. 1 John 2:1-2), he will not hesitate to repent and return to serving the Lord in holiness.
Another characteristic of a righteous person is that he delights greatly in the commandments of God. That is true. If we love God, we will delight greatly in His commandments. For we cannot separate love for God from love for what He commands. If we find the commandments of God repulsive or burdensome, that is an indication that our love for God is questionable. Jesus Himself said, “If ye [you] love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
There is great reward for fearing the Lord and delighting in His commandments. Today’s text, Psalm 112, lists at least eleven (11) blessings for walking in the way of righteousness.
Answer your calling today. Go out and walk in the way of the righteous: in your family, your friendships, your workplace, your school, your local church, or even when you are alone. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Holy Father, you are All-Holy. I am in awe of you. Who am I that you should call me your child? Yet you have lavished your love on me. I bless and thank you for your great love for me. Stir up your Spirit in me and enable me to walk in the way of your commandments. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
For further study: Psalm 119:97-112