February 1

Psalm 112:1-9

“It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.” vss. 5-6

Life goes well with people who are righteous and generous, their love of justice and mercy will be remembered forever. That’s the way it’s always been, the psalmist assures us, and that’s the way it will always be. Some would call this ancient observation a universal truth, a guide, which if followed, could bring unity and harmony to men and women in every land. Yet, even though this wisdom has been available for millenia, people have always seemed disinclined to put it into practice. Instead we have worshiped power and acquisition, and that’s never been more true than in our time. We cut corners, abandon truth-telling, embrace the most outrageous lies, and seem willing to sacrifice the bounty of the earth at the altar of profit and riches. And it’s not that we’re being asked to live in poverty–the psalmist assures his readers that they will be blessed with wealth. There are material blessings for righteous living. We don’t have to worry about missing out on a thing when we stand up for justice and make provision for the poor. The Lord does take care of us, and there is plenty of stuff for all, but only if we make generosity the cornerstone of our livelihood. Living by the golden rule does not mean that those with the gold make the rules!

Thought for the Day: What is the connection between wealth and power?

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