Psalm 111: His Steady Hands

He has declared to His people the power of His works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. Psalm 111:6

God Takes Care of His People, Always

 

Psalm 111, a wisdom psalm, also serves as a psalm of praise.  This psalm and the next are written as acrostics*.  The structure of Ps. 111 is: (1) a determination to  praise God in the midst of the congregation (v 1); (2) a description of the praise of God for His wonderful works towards His people (v 2-9); (3) a concluding word tying the nature of true wisdom to fear the Lord. (v 10).  The psalmist expresses his delight in God’s works, and he names many that His saints enjoy and which should lead others to hold Him in referential awe.  Praise is due God

*According to the Oxford Companion to the Bible, ‘an acrostic poem is a poem in which the initial letters of each successive line form a word, phrase or pat- tern’ (Oxford Companion to the Bible 1999:6). These Hebrew poems use the letters of the Hebrew alphabet to begin a new line, strophe, unit or paragraph.

111:2-9 The distinctive message of this section of the psalm is an appreciation of the works of the Lord for the way they cause the psalmist to glorify God.  Creation calls attention to the Creator (19:1-6; 104:1-35).  Gracious and full of compassion may be rephrased as “wonderfully gracious.”  Faith understands food and all other provisions as gifts of God.  Redemption:  The psalmists constantly look back to the Exodus, but they also speak of that which was still to come – redemption in the Savior Jesus.

2  The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. 3  His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. 4  He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 5  He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. 6  He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. 7  The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. 8  They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. 9  He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.

⇒ The “heathen” in verse 6 in KJV is changed to the “nations” in NKJV and thereby the meaning has been watered down.

111:10  The fear of the Lord describes an obedient response of wonder and awe before the Most High God.

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

 

** Unlike us, God is steadfast in His works.  His ways towards us are steadfast as well.  If He were a fickle god, he would have destroyed us the moment He discovered flaws in us.  Instead, He has been working on us since the creation.  The same is true for each of us as an individual.  He is the rock we can lean on for support.  He is the tree of which we are branches to draw sap from.  He is Home.



111
 1  Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation. 2  The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. 3  His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. 4  He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. 5  He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant. 6  He has declared to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. 7  The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure. 8  They stand fast forever and ever, And are done in truth and uprightness. 9  He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name. 10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.

 

 

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