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PSALM 112 - Served, If 22 Feb 2020

If ... I live in the fear of the Lord,
then God will solve all my problems.
It sounds easy and desirable. Unfortunately, no-one is without sin or blameless. And I am certainly not. I hesitate.

What Hinders?

Four things come to my mind.
1. Unbelief. I do not really trust God to care for all my needs. I am not even giving Him a chance to prove His promises. Although I took "risks" in my life. Especially in the financial domain. Being honest, I never depended totally on God.
2. My fear and shame. I am afraid to fail. (Actually it would be God who fails!). I am ashamed that I may become dependent on family, friends and others.
3. My sins and faults. My lack of purity and Holiness. I know this is an area of continuous growth. I know that God is willing to forgive when I confess my sin. A remaining question is, if I find myself worthy enough to serve God. If I can forgive myself.
4. Blaming others and comparing to others. I may blame others for not willing to join me in the journey. I am hurting and compromising my own worthiness and childhood of God. That should not depend on others. I may be waiting for approval from an authority, father or even God himself. I should live out my own maturity in being an free follower of my good Shepherd.

Psalm 112

1 Alleluia! How blessed is anyone who fears Yahweh,
who delights in his commandments!
2 His descendants shall be powerful on earth,
the race of the honest shall receive blessings:
3 Riches and wealth for his family;
his uprightness stands firm for ever.
4 For the honest he shines as a lamp in the dark,
generous, tender-hearted, and upright.
5 All goes well for one who lends generously,
who is honest in all his dealing;
6 for all time to come he will not stumble,
for all time to come the upright will be remembered.
7 Bad news holds no fears for him,
firm is his heart, trusting in Yahweh.
8 His heart held steady, he has no fears,
till he can gloat over his enemies.
9 To the needy he gives without stint,
his uprightness stands firm for ever;
his reputation is founded on strength.
10 The wicked are vexed at the sight,
they grind their teeth and waste away.
The desires of the wicked will be frustrated.

Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by
Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division
of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.

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