Psalm 112:1-2 – The Biblical Husband (VI)

“Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”

Only two requirements of a godly man, are listed here in the first verse: that he “fears the Lord,” and that he “greatly delights in His commandments.” On these two conditions, the promises of the psalm are founded.

I regret that I have heard hardly any teaching from the pulpit on the fear of the Lord, in thirty six years of being a believer. But the fear of the Lord as a godly attribute, is a recurring theme found right throughout scripture, including the New Testament.

We are told that “he who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord” (Prov.14:2), that we are to “live in the fear of the Lord always” (Prov.23:17), and that “the reward of humility and the fear of the Lord, are riches, honour and life” (Prov.22:4). Have you made “the fear of the Lord,” one of your life’s priorities, and the priority of your children?

The second requirement, “greatly delighting in His commandments,” is also a recurring theme. If we put God and His Word first, then everything else of God’s plan, will follow. We are commanded to “delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps.37:4).

Furthermore, the man of whom it is said, his “delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night…will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Ps.1:2-3).

Joshua’s conquest of the promised land, was preceded by a God-given stipulation: Joshua would need to “be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you…this book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night…for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have success” (Joshua 1:7-8).

What is the critical, common component, between Psalm 1, and Joshua 1? Day and night meditation in God’s Word. This is an obligation for us. Is this a picture of your attitude to the Bible? One preacher said, “You only love God, as much as you love His Word.”

For a Christian father, this is most significant. The promises of Psalm 112, are to “the man,” and his “descendents.” The generational linkage found in scripture is very important, for two reasons:

a) There is a Biblical relationship between a godly man, and the well-being of his subsequent generation. Proverbs 20:7 says, “a righteous man who walks in his integrity-how blessed are his sons after him,” while Proverbs 11:21 teaches us that “…the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.”

b) Secondly,

there is a continuing relationship in the Bible between seed and subduing. Genesis 1:28 commanded mankind to be fruitful and multiply (seed) and to subdue the earth. After the Fall of man, God’s covenantal promise to Eve involved her seed: hers would bruise the head of the serpent (Gen.3:15). Abraham received two promises, the promise of a land (Gen.12:1) which would be given to his seed (Gen.12:7). It is Jesus Christ, the “seed born of a woman,” who is the recipient of, and fulfilment of, the promises…we are His seed; we are therefore to subdue the earth.1

Psalm 112 typifies one of the paradoxes of the gospel: the man who is “gracious” (v.4), who is “compassionate” (v.4), who “lends” (v. 5), and who “gives freely to the poor” (v.9), is the very man, whose “heart is upheld” (v.8), who “will not fear” (v.8), who “will never be shaken” (v.6), and who “will be remembered forever” (v.6).

This illustrates what Jesus taught us in Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given unto you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Along with this, for the man of Psalm 112, “his horn will be exalted in honour,”speaking of his authority (v.9), “his righteousness endures forever” (v.9), and “his descendents will be mighty on earth” (v.2).

I hope and pray, that Christian fathers today, will do what this Psalm encourages; that they will “fear the Lord,” and will “greatly delight in His commandments.” This, and only this, can lead to the fulfilment of God’s glorious plan, for us, and for our children.

Will you take God’s Word at face value, as you join with me in living out Psalm 112, so that blessing can come, to successive generations of our families?

1 North, G., “The Dominion Covenant,” 1987, p.172-3.

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