Psalm 110:1 is one of the most quoted psalms in the NT because of it's unmistakable reference to the Messiah. The entire psalm points to the Messiah - His final and total destruction of the wicked, His reign on earth, His priestly work on behalf of His people, and ultimately His complete and total victory over evil.
Psalm 111 praises God by extolling His goodness in everything He does and ends by declaring that the only way to become truly wise is to fear and revere God.
Psalm 112 describes more benefits to those who fear God - honor, prosperity, security, and freedom from fear.
This passage stood out to me in our 2 Corinthians passage...
God is compassionate and comforts us during the hard times that inevitably come in life. Clearly, we will never know all the reasons for the hard times we experience, but this passage does give us a clue to at least one aspect of it. God comforts us during our trials so that we can come alongside others and comfort them in theirs, and so that they can do the same. It is a ripple effect of compassion.
Ray Pritchard says this...
Our afflictions soften our hearts so that when we have received the comfort of God it is easy for us to pass it along to someone else. O, how we need it in the church of Jesus Christ. It is so easy to be callous. It is so convenient to be unkind. It is so easy for us to look down our noses at weaker brothers and sisters who go through hard times. We say so carelessly, “Why don’t they just get tough? Why don’t they show some backbone? Why don’t they quit complaining and get on with life? Why don’t they just be strong like the rest of us?” It is so easy to be that way. The Apostle Paul is telling us that one of the reasons God lets you and me go through hard times is to break us of that attitude and to soften us up so that we will be able to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to other hurting people.
Here, then, is a mighty principle that answers many questions. Many of us have hardened places in our lives that will not become tender until we go through the fires of affliction. God lets it happen so that we might reach out to others and comfort them.
Who has God placed in your life to encourage?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 113-115; 2 Corinthians 2