How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 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?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
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?