Guideposts Executive Editor shares how to pray Psalm 112.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, it's Rick Hamlin.
Psalm 112— "A good man guides his affairs with discretion. He lends with discretion. He seeks righteousness. His heart is fixed."
You know, when you read a psalm, it also determines a lot of the things you see in a psalm. And I read this psalm shortly after I received some devastating news. My brother-in-law was in a plane crash—a small plane. The five guys he was with were killed and he survived, miraculously, but such a terrible tragedy.
He struggled. He's still struggling. He's in a burn unit, and he's struggling. And when I visited him, I took my psalms with me. And I thought of him-- there's this word that appears in the psalms, and it appears here—a righteous man.
Well, my brother-in-law was very much a righteous man. He is a righteous man. And this idea of our righteousness and how being a righteous man, living a righteous life, giving to the poor, handling your affairs with discretion, lending to others, keeping God in your sight-- well, it's who we are in good times and in bad.
And here we are—when we're looking at our—the toughest time, and my brother-in-law is going through one of those toughest times. The word I wanted to say to him is, you are a righteous man. He sort of rolled up an eye. He was barely conscious and looked at me, nodded his head, and I said, you are a righteous man.
God is with the righteous man. My heart is fixed. We fix our—our heart is fixed on God in our righteousness.