2010-03-12 - How to be Great
The Qualities and Blessings of Greatness ~ Part 2
Psa 112:2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
The 3rd quality is being upright, meaning being honest and sincere in your professions and intentions. An Oriental proverb says, "Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue". We must say what we believe and believe what we say.
And now we also find the 1st blessing that a blessed man receives. His family will be blessed, not him but his family, his seed in future generations. A blessing I receive may be the result of something my Papa or my Pop did. What I do may one day be a blessing for Jordan or Jordan's children. We just don't know how far those blessings may travel down our family line. Perhaps like Abraham or Jesse or David there will be many generations before the blessing but just as those families were blessed for the actions of those men so too will our families be blessed if we seek God's approval before the approval of men.
Psa 122:3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
This verse shows a 2nd blessing. The 1599 Geneva Study Bible equates wealth and riches with abundance and contentment, because their heart is satisfied in God alone. Paul too knew the secret as in Philippians 4:11 he says, "I have learned in all things to be content." Notice here that wealth and riches is not part of a get rich quick seminar. I do not claim that if you do these then God will give you money. I won't stand here and tell you that if you give God 10% he'll give you 20% back. That's not how it works. Matthew Henry wrote, "Wealth and riches shall be in the upright man's house, not in his heart (for he is none of those in whom the love of money reigns), perhaps not so much in his hand (for he only begins to raise the estate), but in his house; his family shall grow rich when he is gone."
Also in this verse we see another quality. The 4th quality is righteousness. Great men are to be just and kind in all their dealings. Righteousness is not hard to come by; Jesus says in Matthew 5:6 that we can have it if we thirst for it. It all begins with a desire.
This righteousness is not just a quality but also a blessing. It is the 3rd blessing, the enduring righteousness. Paul speaks of the crown of righteousness in 2 Timothy 4:8. It is not physical rewards but rewards in heaven - rewards that will not get tarnished.
Psa 122:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Here is the 5th quality; great men are gracious. Looking at the dictionary we see gracious people are marked by kindness and courtesy, marked by tact and delicacy, and characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit. In other words they are all around nice people.
The 6th quality of greatness is being compassionate. Notice that we are not just a little compassionate but full of compassion This type of person wouldn't dream of doing anything wrong but only thinks of all the good he can do to every man because of compassion and kindness. Notice these last two are shown to be attribute of God in the psalm before this one (Psalm 111:4).
The 4th blessing is that we can have a light in the darkness. This is the eternal flame of hope found in pursuing Christ Jesus because Jesus is the light of this world. And, in that light is comfort. The 1599 Geneva Study Bible adds to this stating "The faithful in all their adversities know that all will go well with them for God will be merciful and just." In his commentary, Chuck Smith penned, "We're living in days of evil tidings, but the man who trusts the Lord will not fear the day of evil. The psalmist is saying, 'Come what may, the Lord is with me.'"
Psa 122:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Generosity is the 7th quality. A generous person helps others and does not hold it over them as an IOU. It is a true charity - not an attitude so many have that "I'll do for you now so you have to help me later". God will guide us in this matter if we seek him according to Isaiah 28:26. Again we just have to ask according to James 1:5. The 1599 Geneva Study Bible (I just found this study Bible so I used it a lot) says "He shows what the fruit of mercy is, to lend freely and not for gain, and so to measure his doings that he may be able to help where need requires and not to bestow all on himself."
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted