The Fruits of Righteousness

 

     From the outset of the book of Psalms, there is a clear distinction between the righteous and the wicked.  Psalm 1 declares that it is like the difference between a deep-rooted, healthy tree and chaff which can easily be blown about by the faintest of breezes.  Psalm 112 gives an acrostic description of the blessedness of the man who truly fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commandments.  Consider the following traits that are highlighted in this divine portrait:

  • Generosity. “He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  A good man deals graciously and lends” (vv. 4-5).
  • Discretion. “He will guide his affairs with discretion” (v. 5).
  • Steadfastness. “Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.  He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is established; he will not be afraid” (vv. 6-8).

     The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10); it is also the firm foundation upon which a righteous, abundant life is built. 

     How great is your delight in God’s commandments?

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