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Bible Commentaries
Psalms 112

Smith's Bible CommentarySmith's Commentary

Verses 1-10

Psalms 112:1-10

Again, it begins with the Hebrew, Hallelujah.

Blessed is the man that reverences Jehovah ( Psalms 112:1 ).

Again, the man who reverences God. Not the man who reverences a guy standing in front, or a guy with a black robe, or whatever. But a guy who reverences God, that's the blessed man, that's the happy man.

that delights greatly in his commandments ( Psalms 112:1 ).

David said, "Whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate both day and night." David said, "O blessed or O happy is the man who delights in the law of the Lord, and in His law meditates day and night. For he'll be like a tree" ( Psalms 1:1-3 ). All right, now here again, "Happy is the man who delights greatly in His commandments." This man,

His children will be mighty upon the earth: the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house ( Psalms 112:2-3 ):

And I do not believe that that necessarily refers to physical, monetary wealth, but really, the really rich and wealthy people are those people, the really rich home and wealthy home is that home where God is honored. They are the people who have the true riches. The riches of the kingdom. Riches that don't corrupt. Riches that don't fade away. Riches that can't be ripped off. Those glorious true riches of God's kingdom. "Wealth and riches shall be in his house."

and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright he rises as a light in the darkness ( Psalms 112:3-4 ):

Would be a better translation.

for he is gracious, he's full of compassion, and righteous ( Psalms 112:4 ).

That is, our righteousness in Christ.

A good man shows favor, and he lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD ( Psalms 112:5-7 ).

We're living in days of evil tidings. At any day, you can pick up the newspaper and read of all the evil that is going on in the world. And there are some people who live in constant fear of the evil tidings that might come. But the man who has put his trust in the Lord will not fear in the day of evil tidings, because his heart is fixed.

There are some people whose hearts aren't really fixed. It isn't a true commitment. It isn't a full commitment. They've made a partial commitment of their lives to God. Part of them serves the Lord; part of them serves the flesh. They love the Lord partly. And because of that, they are very unstable in their walk and they're fearful. But the man who has fixed his heart, trusting in the Lord, I know that come what may, the Lord is with me. I know that come what may, the Lord is going to protect me.

I know that the Lord is watching out over me. I know the Lord loves me. I may not understand what's happening in the circumstances surrounding my life. But I know that God loves me and I know that God's going to see me through. I know that God has allowed it for a purpose. I know that it would not have happened unless God had allowed it to happen. And because He allowed it to happen, He has a purpose in its happening, and thus He's going to bring good out of it. Though I may not see it now. And because I've fixed my heart and commitment to God, come what may, you don't fear for calamity that may fall tomorrow. You don't fear for what may come, because you know that whatever comes is brought to you by the hand of God.

I belong to Him. Satan cannot get to me except he come through the Lord. And therefore, trusting in the Lord, my heart is fixed on Him. I have great confidence in life.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, he shall see his desire upon his enemies. He hath dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor ( Psalms 112:8-9 ).

Now in contrast to this righteous man,

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; the wicked will gnash with his teeth, and melt away ( Psalms 112:10 ):

See, the righteous will endure forever. But the wicked will gnash and melt away.

the desire of the wicked [rather than being granted] will perish ( Psalms 112:10 ).

So you have a psalm that deals with God's blessed man and then the final verse being a contrast to it with the wicked man. Psalms 1:1-6 has the same contrast. "O how happy is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But whose delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night. He'll be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth his fruit in its season; his leaf also shall not wither; whatsoever he does shall prosper" ( Psalms 1:1-3 ). Now the wicked are not so. There's a contrast. "The wicked are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away" ( Psalms 1:4 ). Again, you have much said about the righteous but then the contrast with the wicked. And this is poetry in the mind of the Hebrew. The poetry comes in the contrasting of the thought.

Now in our minds, we're geared for poetry coming in rhyme and in rhythm. So you get a rhythm going and it rhymes. And I particularly like the Robert Service type of poetry where you rhyme two lines and every third line is in the rhyme. And there are others, the first line, the first and third, no, the first and fourth lines rhyme and the two in between rhyme.

Longfellow's Ode to Life,

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

'Life is but an empty dream!'

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

things are not what they seem.

No, it's every other one in his.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not thy goal;

'Dust thou art, to dust returneth,'

Was not spoken of thy soul.

But then Robert Service,

There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun

By the men who toil for gold;

The arctic trails, all their secret tales

That make your blood run cold.

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

But the queerest they ever did see

Was the night in the marge of the Lake Lebarge

When I cremated Sam McGee.

So that constitutes poetry to us. There's the rhythm. There's the rhyme. But to the Hebrew, the poetry was in the thought. And it was either in a compounding of a thought or the contrasting of a thought. So you take a thought and you begin to compound it.

"The ways of the Lord are perfect. The ways of the Lord are to be sought out. The ways of the Lord." And you are compounding on the thought. Or, you take contrasting thought, "The way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked. The way of the godly, but the way of the ungodly." And so the contrasting of thought to the Hebrew mind is poetry. There's no rhyme, there's no rhythm. And so we wouldn't call it poetry ourselves. But to them, that is what constitutes poetry. Not the rhyming of a sentence or not the rhythm, but the thought itself. They find the beauty of poetry in the thought itself.

So after all of these things about the blessed man, then you get the contrast in the final verse, "But the wicked shall see it." And in contrast to the righteous, "he will be grieved. He'll gnash with his teeth; he'll melt away. He'll perish." "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Psalms 112". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/psalms-112.html. 2014.
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