Study Guide – Psalm 112:1-5


Praise the Lord!

How joyful are those who fear the Lord
    and delight in obeying his commands.
Their children will be successful everywhere;
    an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
    and their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
    They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
    and conduct their business fairly. NLT

Look at the first line of verse 1. What kind of “fear” is the writer of Psalm 112 talking about?


Some translations of Psalm 112:1 say “blessed” and others say “happy” or “joyful”. In what ways do these English words mean the same thing?



How could fearing the Lord make someone “joyful”?



Look at the rest of verse 1. What does obedience have to do with the first line of verse 1?


Personally, when you “obey” someone, are you joyful or frustrated in your attitude? Why is this? Describe some examples.


What kind of generational impact does a person’s fear of the Lord have? How does this happen?


Notice the negative aspect of verse 4. How does “darkness” fit with being “blessed” or “joyful”?


How does being “generous” fit into the themes of “fear”, “joy” and “obedience” in this passage?



Are you a generous person in terms of your fear of the Lord and the obedience of your actions? What act of generosity could you pursue in the next 24 hours?


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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