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Psalm 111

June 5, 2009

This short psalm contains four specific proclamations. They are:

  1. Praise the Lord. [vs. 1]
  2. Great are the works of the Lord. [vs. 2]
  3. Glorious and majestic are His deeds and His righteousness endures forever. [vs. 3]
  4. Holy and awesome is His Name. [vs. 9]

The psalmist willingly practices what he proclaims. He exhorts us to praise God as he praises God. And he vows to praise God before others. Praising God is both private and public. Praising God is natural for those who love Him.

Those who praise God for His works remember them, think about them, and learn about the character of God from them. They see and experience God’s hand in their lives just as it was in history. They see the wisdom, righteousness, and justice of God present in man’s successes and failures, blessings and curses, victories and defeats and take delight in Him. They live assured knowing that God is in control.

The psalmist continues explaining God’s deeds and righteousness in general terms. In them we see the character of God. He is gracious and compassionate. He sustains us with food. He is faithful and keeps His promises. He has given us victory over our enemies. His dealings are just. His Word is true and can be trusted. His Word is eternal. And He has the power to redeem us.

Although it is not written as a proclamation, the application of verses 1-9 is found in verse 10.

  • Fear the Lord and receive wisdom.
  • Follow His Word, obey it, and gain understanding.
  • Forever praise His Name.

These are three simple steps we can take to Fellowship with God eternally. Let us not Forsake or Forget the Lord’s instruction. Let us “Praise God” in all that we do and say.

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