The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
Many commentators note the connection between Psalms 111 and 112. James Montgomery Boice observed, “the two psalms are an obviously matched pair. The first is an acrostic poem about God; the second is an acrostic poem about the godly man.”
Charles Spurgeon wrote this regarding the connection between Psalms 111 and 112: “It bears the same relation to the preceding which the moon does to the sun; for, while the first declares the glory of God, the second speaks of the reflection of the divine brightness in men born from above.”
When I was a young wife, a woman at a Bible Study I attended suggested that we should read this psalm for our husbands and our sons, substituting their names for the masculine pronouns — a male counterpart, if you will, to Proverbs 31 and the noble woman. (Note the similarities of the two passages as you read!) I have done that through the years, some times more than others, and I have realized that as I pray these things for the men in my life, I find myself on the lookout for those characteristics and qualities. Then when I find them on display in my husband’s life or my sons’ lives, I praise and thank the guys — which altogether makes for a happier, more pleasant house. I recommend this practice to you.
Of course, I have substituted feminine pronouns, too, for myself and for my daughter! Truly, may God bless us all to be righteous people who delight in his will and walk in his ways!
Praise the Lord!
“The Psalm cannot be viewed as the extolling of man, for it commences with ‘Praise ye the Lord;’ and it is intended to give to God all the honour of his grace which is manifested in the sons of God.”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
He is serious and intentional in his faith life!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
He’s got great kids!
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He’s rich in what matters!
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
He is kind and good!
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
He isn’t controlled by fears!
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He is poised and calm in every situation!
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
He has an excellent reputation!
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!
HERE is “The Mark of a Man of God” by Steve Camp. The accompanying video is a Hall of Faith; I hope you enjoy it!
A Godly man is such a rarity today
So many start, strong and true,
And quickly fall away
A Godly man will take his stand
He can’t be bought or sold
Hand to the plow,
He won’t look back
Though other hearts grow cold
He keeps the faith
And keeps his conscience clear
He lives this life of grace
Through all his years
The mark of a man of God
Is what he’s faithful to
And what he’s fleeing from
And what he’s fighting for
The heart of a man of God
Is what he daily pursues
His family, friends, the word the church
And worship of the Lord
The Godly man daily takes up
The cross of Christ
And faithfully follows Him
As a living sacrifice
Not ashamed of the gospel
His sufficiency’s in Christ
The power of integrity
Is the passion of his life
Instead of reckless faith
He has proven his faith works
His ultimate priority
The Master’s plan for the church
Saved without a doubt
Because his first love is the Lord
And the Gospel according to Jesus
Is the truth he would die for
He lives his life
To teach the word
In season and in not
For he fears more than any man
The approval of his God
He lovingly, yet firmly
Leads those placed in his care
The power of his ministry
Is that he is a man of prayer
A Godly man takes
A young Timothy like me
And teaches me to run the race
To carry on this life of Grace
He sets the mark
And we keep the pace
With this man of God.