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Devotion - February 5, 2020

Psalm 112

1 Praise the Lord.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.

2 Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.

Devotion by Laurie Spencer

Upon first reading this Psalm I had feelings of inadequacy. How could my faith ever be so strong and my behavior so perfect that I would have no fear of bad news? And how could I ever be so confident in my righteousness? I admit it left me feeling a bit out to sea although I’m sure it was meant to give strength. But reading commentary I learned Psalm 112 is an acrostic poem. Like Psalm 111, it has twenty-two lines, each of which begin with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.” OK, so it’s a language exercise. I CAN DO THAT!!!!!

So, I’ve created my own acrostic poem in response. The letters I’ve used to begin each line spell out ‘ONLY HUMAN’.

Offending without considering someone’s feelings, I

Neglect to offer help to someone in need. For

Learning will be my forever task, and

Yearning to be a better person sits always on my heart.

Humanity is full of opportunities to screw up. For I am God’s

Unfinished work of art. Clearly there is still work to do.

Mistakes tumble from my mouth when I don’t think before I speak and

Apologies are what come afterwards. Lord, I know I am your

Not Perfect child. Help me to be better on each blessed day.

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