Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Epiphany 5 A - Psalm 112

Psalm 112
Psalm 112 might be titled the “early to bed early to rise makes one healthy wealthy and wise” psalm. But it might also merit a Gospel title as in “to whom much is given much is required.” (Luke 12:48) So even if the psalm sees a direct correlation with “delight in the Lord’s commands” and “wealth and riches are in their houses” the righteousness of those well off comes from being gracious and merciful, honest and generous, by distributing freely to the poor and conducting their affairs justly. So their hearts do not skip a beat when evil tidings come knocking for they are secure in the knowledge that the Lord is infinitely more generous than they are. So I guess the best title for Psalm 112 might be from Romans 14:8. "Whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the Lord.” However, if those who revel in verse three forget the responsibility of verse four and five while completely ignoring the duty of verse nine then the more appropriate word about wealth is from Jesus. "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for some one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:24

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