Subject: Redeemer Downtown Devotional: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - August 19, 2012

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost - August 19, 2012

These devotionals are to help you prepare for each Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar.* 

[1]  Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
  who greatly delights in his commandments!

[2] His offspring will be mighty in the land;
  the generation of the upright will be blessed.
[3] Wealth and riches are in his house,
  and his righteousness endures forever.
[4] Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
  he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
[5] It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
  who conducts his affairs with justice.
[6] For the righteous will never be moved;
  he will be remembered forever.
[7] He is not afraid of bad news;
  his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
[8] His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
  until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
[9] He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
  his righteousness endures forever;
  his horn is exalted in honor.
[10] The wicked man sees it and is angry;
  he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
  the desire of the wicked will perish!


 
Psalm 112 (ESV)
This psalm reminds us that as a result of our abundant experience of grace we can become a generous and giving people. The reason? The Lord is a God of lavish generosity. For those who experience the abundance of being his children (v. 2-3, offspring who are “mighty in the land” with “wealth and riches” in his house), a life of justice and generosity will naturally result (v. 5, “It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.”). Those who understand the overflowing prosperity and provision they have received are those most able to give away their lives in service of others.

We see towards the end of the psalm the deeper emotional state of a generous man. He does not abuse the influence and power that money often brings (v.5, “who conducts his affairs with justice); he is not easily overcome by fear and worry (v. 7, “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”); and he is not prone to self-protecting miserliness (v. 9, “He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor.”) Perhaps most importantly, he realizes that his material riches are of little value in comparison to a righteousness that “endures forever.” Little wonder that Paul reminds us that true generosity and riches come from God, for “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way...the ministry of his service...is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.” (2 Corinthians 9:10-12).

It is in our everyday expression and gestures of generosity that we see the expression of God’s lavish generosity. Is He the source of true riches so that you might be generous with your riches?

John C. Lin, Downtown Lead Pastor

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Collect** from The Book of Common Prayer

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