Praise the Lord!
Both of our psalms for today begin with this phrase. Did you notice the rest of each of the psalms?
In our first psalm, the focus is on the righteous – those “who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands” (V.1) It then goes on to describe different characteristics of the one who fears the Lord and obeys him. Psalm 112 describes a person who is a good parent (v.2), a good steward of their resources (v. 3-5), and a good witness (v.4).
I like how the ESV explains the righteous person:
“For the righteous will never be moved…his heart is firm, trusting the Lord.” – Psalm 112:6-7
Those who are righteous trust the Lord to protect them and provide for them. Why can the righteous person trust the Lord? Because there is no one like Him!
In our second psalm, the focus is on the superiority of God! None are like Him! That is why the Psalmist rhetorically asks, “Who is like the Lord our God…?” (v.5, ESV).
We can trust the Lord “to care for” us (Psalm 112:7) because He is “high above the nations” (v.4) and “lifts the poor from the dust” (v.7).
Two themes stick out to me from our reading today:
- Trusting in God
- Obeying His commands
Those who obey the Lord are “joyful” (Psalm 112:1) and “trust the Lord to care for them” (Psalm 112:7).
Think about the words of this hymn that I sang quite a bit growing up:
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
There’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. When we are happy in Jesus, we can joyfully say, “Praise the Lord!”
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice