Psalm 111 - Beginning Of Wisdom

INTRODUCTION: This Psalm provides many reasons for the believer to praise the LORD, and to acknowledge that His commandments are fully righteous. True wisdom must be solidly based on having the fear of the LORD, with a result of willingly following His commandments. Such devotion should be the mark of a genuine love of God, whose praise shall endure forever.

NOTE: Scripture passages are from the American King James Version.


A - PRAISE THE LORD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART

Psalm 111 "1 Praise you 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, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. 3 His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness endures for ever."

COMMENTS: This Psalm opens with a very succinct instruction for the reader or hearer to praise the LORD. The response then needs to be made personally to offer whole-hearted praise to the LORD in an assembly of believers as they have gathered together. The importance of gathering with other believers is implicit in that previous statement, and it is just as important today as when the Psalm was written. Hebrews 10 "23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching." The believer needs to continually take pleasure in pondering and speaking of all the marvelous works of our Creator God, as the author of another Psalm declared as his own intent. Psalm 9 "1 I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all your marvelous works." All of the works of the LORD are honorable and glorious for all generations, and his righteousness endures forever.


B - THE LORD IS GRACIOUS AND FULL OF COMPASSION

Psalm 111 "4 He has made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. 5 He has given meat to them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. 6 He has showed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen."

COMMENTS: The LORD has made his wonderful works to be remembered so we will not forget that he is gracious and full of compassion. Even when the long period of the kings in Judah and Israel was coming to an end, Jeremiah wrote about the faithfulness of the LORD. Lamentations 3 "21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness." The LORD has given food, even the bread of life, to his worshippers because he will not forget his covenant. The LORD Jesus spoke of the everlasting food. John 6 "35 And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst."

The displayed power of the works of the LORD assures that even the portion enjoyed by the unbeliever in this life, will go to those who have placed full trust in the LORD God. Every good gift comes from the LORD, and the parable of the talents contrasts the loss of the one who rejects the authority of God with the gain of those who believe and obey the LORD. Matthew 25 "28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it to him which has ten talents. 29 For to every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has. 30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." The heart of the believer must be set on things above, not on the passing things of the world.


C - ALL WORKS AND COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD ARE BEYOND DOUBT

Psalm 111 "7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. 8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness."

COMMENTS: the works of the LORD are accurate and permanent truth and he has irreproachable judgment. All of his commands are established without doubt, and they will be certain throughout any associated expectation. They are unchangeable forever, and are done in enduring truth and unquestionable righteousness. Confidence in the LORD God is incomparable to anything else that could be sought by mankind.


D - THE LORD SENT REDEMPTION TO HIS PEOPLE BY AN EVERLASTING COVENANT

Psalm 111 "9 He sent redemption to his people: he has commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever."

COMMENTS: The redemption of believers has been sent by the LORD through Christ Jesus for all time because of his predetermined will according to his forever covenant. This is for every generation for those who are the called according to his purpose, who love the LORD God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Ephesians 1 "5 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"

Throughout all the eons of time for mankind, there can be no attainment of true wisdom without the fear of the LORD. Job 28 "28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." Proverbs 9 "10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." Since the beginning of the church age, walking in the fear of the LORD and with the comfort of the Holy Spirit has been essential for an assembly of believers. Acts 9 "31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." The time is coming when all will know the fear of the Lord. Revelation 15 "4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest."

--- REFLECTIONS IN PRAYER ---

LORD, I must confess to the one who knows all things in the heart of man, that I do not always give whole-hearted praise to you. Your precious Word brings me back to that realization, and I ask that you prompt me to return to exploring your Word more often. Thank you, LORD, for the ways you have provided for me to gather together with other believers to praise you as we share in your Word. Your works are honorable and glorious and your everlasting righteousness is worthy of the highest praise. Because you, LORD, are gracious and full of compassion, I have confidence that you will keep your covenant and will supply my needs for this life, and for the life to come in eternity. Your works, commands, and judgments are the very essence of truth and steadfastness. LORD, you sent redemption to your chosen ones by an everlasting covenant because your name is holy. Thank you for starting me on the path of authentic wisdom when I responded to your Spirit in the proper fear of the LORD. I want to live in good understanding by following your commandments. May my praise to my Lord and Savior continue in me forever. Hallelujah, amen!"

Published 11 March 2015