In 2010, my brothers and I celebrated our dads 90th birthday. We hosted an open house with great food and fellowship. In the living room, family and friends took up banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and Irish drum to play and sing all afternoon. A big cake was prepared with this written on it in frosting: Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the LordPsalm 112:1. Happy 90th birthday, Hal.
When I later examined Psalm 112, I was impressed with how it seemed to describe my dadwho had walked with God for more than 50 years and is now at home with Him. Dad had his own share of heartaches and faults, but his steadfast faith resulted in much blessing. This psalm tells us that blessings will fall on the man who has a reverential fear of God and who delights in His commands. In response to this growing integrity and faith, God will extend blessing not only to the believer but also to his children (v.2).
This psalm challenges us to reflect an inner reverence for God and to make continual decisions to delight in following His commands. If we do that, then as we look back on our yearsno matter how many or how fewwe will know that God has helped us live a life of honor.
Read: Psalm 112
Good evening, Mayor, and thanks for today’s sustenance for body and soul.