The world tells us we would be better off heathen than Christian. Is it true? This psalm says, “No!”

BibleGateway: Psalm 112

ESV Text: Psalm 112

Psalm 112 (Listen)

The Righteous Will Never Be Moved


112:1   1 Praise the LORD!
  Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
  His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
  Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
  It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
  For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
  He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
  His heart is steady;2 he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
  He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10   The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

Footnotes

[1] 112:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet

[2] 112:8 Or established (compare 111:8)

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 112:

     1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

     6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 346:
Jesus! and Shall it ever Be

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus! and shall it ever be 
A mortal man ashamed of Thee? 
Ashamed of Thee, whom angels praise, 
Whose glories shine through endless days? 

2. Ashamed of Jesus? Sooner far 
Let evening blush to own a star. 
He sheds the beams of light divine 
O’er this benighted soul of mine. 

3. Ashamed of Jesus? Just as soon 
Let midnight be ashamed of noon. 
‘Tis midnight with my soul till He, 
Bright Morning Star, bids darkness flee. 

4. Ashamed of Jesus, that dear Friend 
On whom my hopes of heaven depend? 
No; when I blush, be this my shame, 
That I no more revere His name. 

5. Ashamed of Jesus? Yes, I may 
When I’ve no guilt to wash away, 
No tear to wipe, no joy to crave, 
No fears to quell, no soul to save. 

6. Till then–nor is the boasting vain– 
Till then I boast a Savior slain. 
And oh, may this my portion be, 
That Christ is not ashamed of me! 


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