This psalm talks a lot about what we who try to live a godly life can expect to find by living such a life.
At the same time, it gives us encouragement as to how we can face life,
which is full of twists & turns,
ups & downs,
as well as some pretty frightening times.
1 Praise the LORD!
How joyful are those who fear the LORD & delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be well provided for,
& their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous,
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously & conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.
8 They are confident & fearless
& can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely & give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence & honor.
10 The wicked will see this & be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.