Like Psalm 111 before it, Psalm 112 is an acrostic psalm. James Montgomery Boice commented on the similarities between Psalms 111-112: “They are the same length, fall into identical stanzas, and even have identical or similar phrases occurring at the same places in each. Both are precise acrostics; that is, they have twenty-two lines each of which begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.”
Charles Spurgeon wrote this regarding the connection between Psalms 111 and 112: “It bears the same relation to the preceding which the moon does to the sun; for, while the first declares the glory of God, the second speaks of the reflection of the divine brightness in men born from above.”
This is probably one of the shortest blogs that you will see at St. Aidan’s, but hopefully it will give you food for thought.
Psalm 112 talks of the blessed man, his household and family (1-3), the contrast between the righteous and wicked (4-8) and the grief of the wicked (9-10).
Interpret and Application:
One of my main concerns in my life is for my grandchildren. Will they continue to follow the Lord and be “upright”? I believe if I continue to talk with them about my faith (and theirs), that they will “not be shaken” (verse 6). We need to keep speaking the truth to the younger generation and encourage them, despite the changing world circumstances (gender identity, obvious hate of Christianity, etc.) that whatever they face, the righteous will endure and see the wicked “waste away” (verse 10). Do not be afraid to declare your faith to others!
Lord, help us to encourage those who come after us in their faith. Help us to be an example of being steadfast, just and generous. Amen.
Psalm 112 - Jason Silver
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.