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Read Psalm 112


Read Psalm 112

Praise the Lord!

Happy is the person who honors the Lord,
   who takes pleasure in obeying his commands.
2 The good man's children will be powerful in the land;
   his descendants will be blessed.
3 His family will be wealthy and rich,
   and he will be prosperous forever.

4 Light shines in the darkness for good people,
   for those who are merciful, kind, and just.
5 Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,
   who runs his business honestly.
6 A good person will never fail;
   he will always be remembered.

7 He is not afraid of receiving bad news;
   his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord.
8 He is not worried or afraid;
   he is certain to see his enemies defeated.
9 He gives generously to the needy,
   and his kindness never fails;
   he will be powerful and respected.
10 The wicked see this and are angry;
   they glare in hate and disappear;
   their hopes are gone forever.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


Verse 4 says: "Light shines in the darkness for good people, for those who are merciful, kind, and just."
The Psalmist gives us some good news.  But the Psalmist is honest about the injustice of the world: "But I had nearly lost confidence; my faith was almost gone because I was jealous of the proud when I saw that things go well for the wicked." (Psalm 73:2-3)


Lord help me to trust in your light in a sometimes shadowy world.  Help me to remember the good news verse of John 1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out."

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