Psalms 111:1


Psalms 111:1-2 says, Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

Why should we praise the Lord? Well to praise the Lord means to say good things about Him. God is good and therefore there are only good things to say about God. When people say things about God that are not good they are lying. When we consider this we realize there is no other option than to praise the Lord unless you want to lie.

Two more important details are given in verse one about praising the Lord. The first is the praise Him with the whole heart. This ties in with the greatest commandment which Jesus said in Mark 12:29-30 is, And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

There is always a tremendous difference between doing something half heartily and doing something whole heartily. Go build two building and build one half heartily and one whole heartily go run a race and do the same and you will see the difference and you will understand. Why God demands the whole heart.

It is a fair demand. God gave us His whole heart. He gave us His whole world. He didnt half die on the cross. Is it so heart to praise the Lord with the whole heart?

The second important detail given in verse 1 about praising the Lord says, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

These words tie in with two other important principles of the Bible. Proverbs 27:17, Iron sharpeneth Iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Hebrews 10:25, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Its important to praise God when fellowshipping with other believers. Most people that are Christians will do some praising when they go to church. But church is not a building the church is the body of believers and Jesus said where two or three are gathered together there He is in the midst. Do you praise God only when you go to church. Or do you praise him whenever you are around other Christians? It is important to praise God for the edification of other believers.

This does not mean we should not praise God among lost people. But it is different around other believers because they are believers they are your family. They will rejoice without and praise with you. It creates an important fellowship. Often when you praise God around the heathen it results in them scorning you. Sometimes on rare occasions it might result in them having in Christ.

But these verses are emphasizing the important of praising God around your fellow Christians.

If we are going to praise God what should we praise Him for? Psalms 111:2 tells us. It says, The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

We should praise God for His Works. God has done many great works. Many of His works are recorded for us in the Bible. The greatest work of all of course is when God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and to rise from the great defeating death and giving us the hope of eternal life.

Even thought he Bible is completely written God is still doing great works today. The great work of God is in the hearts of men. The Spirit of God touches the hearts of men using His word and brings the lost to repentance of their sins. This is the great and marvelous work of God.

If God is doing such a great work today why do some men not praise him for His great works. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Because they have no pleasure therein. In otherwords this verse is indicating there is great pleasure in the works of God. We hear a lot about the word pleasure from the world. But it should be revealed there is greater pleasure in the works of God. What greater pleasure can there be than to see a soul lost in its sins become redeemed through the blood of the Lamb. What greater pleasure can there be than to see the heathen come to Christ and to a man have the opportunity to become all that he was meant to be in Jesus.

There is great pleasure in righteousness. There is great pleasure in the great works of God.

Psalms 111:3-4 says, His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Two important details are given to us in verse 3 about the great works of God. His works are honourable and glorious. What does it mean for something to be honorable? It means there is a power and a beauty to it. It is like saying marriage is honorable or feeding the poor is honorable. Ever work that God does is great and honorable. Its honorable so there is something imposing about it, something that demands respect and admiration. His works are works of power.

Also his works are glorious. Glory has the idea of a manifestation of splendor and majesticness. Gods works are glorious therefore it gets noticed in the world when God does something whether it is the saving of a soul from sin or the rising or casting down of a nation.

The last part of verse 3 is perhaps the most important it says, his righteousness endureth for ever. This implies that all the works that God does are righteousness. Because that is what these verses are talking about, the great works of God.

Gods righteousness endures forever and so those that have the righteousness of Christ will also live forever. What a blessing and privilege it is to be part of the work of God.

He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Of all the great works that God has done which one is most remembered, which one is most important? Is it the parting of the red sea? Is it God judging Israel for its sins when He let Babylon conquer them? No, the greatest work that God has done is sending His Son Jesus to the cross of Calvary to die for the sins of the world. And then Jesus rose from the grave defeating death.

Notice the connection between remembering the works of God and grace and compassion. Where is grace and compassion found? Why it comes from God. Its source is at the cross. In a way you could be poetic and say grace is a shadow that ever outlines the cross. If we need anything we need more grace and compassion. We need grace because we are sinners and fail so easily. And we need compassion because they are many lost in this world and many people who suffer a great many things. You can have grace and compassion by coming to Jesus, by repenting of your sins and accepting His love. In so doing your heart can become a heart filled with grace and compassion and your life can become a life filled with grace and compassion.

Psalms 111:5-6 says, He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Jesus said in Luke 4:4, And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

When the Bible talks about food is it talking about spiritual food or physical food. More often than not its talking about spiritual food. God created the world and He made it a plenteous world. He provides food for human beings in his grace.

God created food and the need to eat to symbolize our spiritual need to feed on His truth daily. This is a very interesting verse because it says, He hath given meat unto them that fear him. Why do some people not get the word of God. Why do some people not have good solid bible teaching or a preacher who preaches the word instead of his own ideas or traditions of men? This verse says God feeds those that fear Him. Perhaps some people are not even given the opportunity to hear a good sermon because they have no fear of God.

Proverbs 1:7 says, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

To Fear God means many things. To fear God means to fear His ability to punish sin. To fear God means to understand there are consequences for sin and punishment for sin. To fear God also means to awe at Gods glorious power and to have the utmost respect for His name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. He hath given meat unto them that fear Him. This verse does not say he hath given milk but meat. The meat of the word the deep spiritual truths the profound explanations of the gospel of Jesus Christ like the difference between law and grace or how it is that A Holy Christ could become sin for us.

It would seem to few in this world fear the Lord because very few people in this world receive pure bible teachings that are not tainted by traditions of men, false teachings and the wisdom of the world. If you are a person who receives the meat of the word and understands it then you have a fear of the Lord.

How wonderful it is to fear the Lord. To fear the Lord is part of worshiping God.

Psalms 111:5-6 says, He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

God has a covenant that he made. The covenant, the testament is the blood of Jesus Christ. The judgment of God placed upon Jesus in our stead that we who are unrighteous might become righteous through the righteousness of Christ. To be declared righteous is the greatest thing that can happen to a person; to become Holy, to become a saint. This covenant that God made when Jesus hung on the cross is something that He always thinks about in His mind.

If you want to know what God is thinking about He is thinking about the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what fills Gods thoughts. He is ever mindful of his covenant.

What a wonderful truth to know that God is always thinking about what Jesus has done for me. His suffering, His death, His resurrection, the promise that one day I too will be like Jesus and defeat death thought the power of God and live forever in righteousness.

When I fail through the weakness of my flesh God is still thinking about His covenant.

Psalms 111:6, He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

What is a heritage? A heritage is a portion, a possession an inheritance. In other words this verse is saying that all the things that God would have done for and given to the heathen He will give to his children. Why? God does not cast his pearls before swine. Those that turn away from the Lord Jesus Christ turn away from all the things that God would give them. So God gives them to someone else; his children.

A perfect example of this Judas who betrayed Jesus and the apostle Paul. Judas turned away. Judas could have been one of the twelve apostles. Judas could have had his name written in precious stone upon the foundation of New Jersualem the city that will be the greatest city in all of eternity. But he turned away and so his opportunities and his inheritance was given unto another Paul the apostle.

Just think of all the people that turn away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just think about all the wasted opportunities to share the gospel with other people and to earn those eternal rewards in heavens. Billions are turning away from Jesus. Billions are throwing away their opportunities in the gospel. Those opportunities and rewards will be given unto others. Perhaps unto you if you seek them. Psalms 111:6, He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Psalms 111:7-10 says, The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Psalms 111 is all about praising God for his works and then explaining what his works are. It certainly is easier to praise God properly if we understand His works.

In the first couple verses of Psalms 111 we were told that His works were great, and honourable, and glorious. Now we are told that His works are verity and judgment. Verity means truth. Judgment means discerning between right and wrong and handing rewards or punishments for actions done. The Bible says in Psalms 37:28, For the LORD loveth judgment. The Bible also says in Ezekiel 18:32, For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

The Lord has no pleasure in the death of those that die unrepentant of their sins but even so the Lord loveth judgment and God does have pleasure in His judgment. The works of the Lord are great, honorable, glorious, verity, and judgment. Anyone who says the way of the Lord is not equal, anyone who says, God is unjust, anyone who accuses Gods anger of being evil is a fool and in danger of judgment for that very accusation.

Psalms 111 is an amazing Psalms. It tells to praise the Lord for his Work then it goes on to describe the works of God. Then of all the works of God that could be mentioned only one is mentioned. Which work is that? Psalms 111:9 says, He sent redemption unto His people. He hat commanded his covenant forever. Holy and reverend is His name.

There are not thousands, not tens of thousands, not millions, not billions, not trillions, but innumerable and uncountable are the works of God. God created the world. God God gave man life and freedom. God parted the Red Sea. God gave His Word the Bible. The list goes on and on of all the great and marvelous works God has done. But only one work is mentioned here in Psalms 111 the work of redemption. The redemption from sin is the greatest and the most important work of God.

If you are going to praise God for anything or if you are only going to praise God for one thing be sure to praise Him for His Son Jesus Christ and to thank Jesus for suffering in your place for your sins when He hung on the cross 2000 years ago.

Jesus did a work that no man could do not the mightiest men nor the wisest men. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God except for Jesus. He lived a life without sin on this earth for 33 years perfectly fulfilling the law of God. Then He hung on a tree and became a curse for us that we might have the righteousness of God imputed unto us for ever. If you want righteousness, if you want purity and holiness then come to Jesus. There is no other way to become pure and holy except through the blood of Jesus Christ.

If you have never turned from your sins then do so today. Today is the day of salvation. Today is your opportunity to be saved and to find forgiveness. For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son. Please pray to Jesus right now and ask Him to be your Savior.


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