Sunday, February 25, 2007

Doesn't this sound great?

My pastor read Psalm 112 in the New Living Translation today and was talking about it being a "cause and effect" type of Psalm. He talked about how although we as christians live under the grace of God, and that His love for us is not based on works, we as his children, and with healthy fear for him should want to please Him, and want do good things. Things like giving generously, with what we have to give. He reminded us that this Psalm doesn't say that we will live without hard times or "evil" we just will not be overcome by it. He gave the example of how one match lit in an entire room of darkness can make you feel more comfortable, as does the light of God within dark times. The other part that stuck out to me, was the end. It's always frustrating how there are those people that don't want you to do well in life, who get jealous, and don't stand behind you. The pastor told us that that is okay, it just means that you are doing what God wants you to do, just keep living in a way that He blesses. Pray for those people, and show compassion on them.
Anyhow, I just thought I would share this Psalm.

This Psalm talks about the "benefits" or blessings of living for God.

Psalm 112 (New Living Translation)

1 Praise the Lord!
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.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.


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