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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 111: Honouring the Lord


[Preliminary Comments: A simple psalm that is really just appreciating the Lord in praise [v.1], for all His works [v.2] that reveal His wonder [v.3], works that are so memorable [v.4], seen in the way He provides for His covenant people [v.5] for whom He has provided a land [v.6]. All He does reveals His ongoing faithfulness and justice in accordance with His covenant with His people [v.7], a covenant that is unending [v.8], a covenant to ensure redemption for His people [v.9], a foundation for their honouring Him [v.10]. A truly foundational psalm of praise and causes for commitment to God.]



v.1 The psalmist insists he will praise God in the public arena


v.1  Praise the Lord

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
     in the council of the upright and in the assembly.


v.2 Why? Because all He does is wonderful


v.2  Great are the works of the Lord;
     they are pondered by all who delight in them.

v.3 They reveal His glory, majesty & righteousness


v.3  Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
     and his righteousness endures for ever.

v.4 He brings these things to our remembrance


v.4  He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
     the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

v.5 It is His grace & compassion who provides for those in covenant with Him


v.5  He provides food for those who fear him;
     he remembers his covenant for ever.


v.6 He revealed His power in giving Israel their land


v.6  He has shown his people the power of his works,
     giving them the lands of other nations.

v.7 His actions reveal His ongoing, trustworthy justice…


v.7  The works of his hands are faithful and just;
     all his precepts are trustworthy.

v.8 ….continuing for ever, in accordance with His character


v.8  They are established for ever and ever,
     enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

v.9 Redemption comes through His covenant with His people


v.9  He provided redemption for his people;
     he ordained his covenant for ever –
     holy and awesome is his name.


v.10 Thus to honour & respect Him is where wisdom starts


v.10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
     all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
     To him belongs eternal praise.



[Additional Comments: Reread the summary at the beginning.]



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