“Great are the works of the Lord!” I love that proclamation found in verse two. It helps set the tone for our day. It reminds us that God has done and is doing so much for us. Here are a few things I love about this psalm:
- It is very personal. “I will give thanks with my whole heart” is the opening statement. The “why” to that statement is answered throughout the psalm.
- It is very corporate. There are many references to “His people” and “the congregation.” Yes, our faith is personal. But it is also corporate. We gather with others to celebrate God’s goodness and to seek His face. Great reminder.
- It delights in several different facets of God’s character. In this brief song, we find highlights about God’s faithfulness, love, uprightness, power, splendor, and majesty. When you’re unsure of what to praise God for, open to Psalm 111.
- It foreshadows salvation in Christ. Verse 9 says, “He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever. Holy and awesome is His name!” These words were true for the people of Israel in a temporary sense (exodus, various deliverances), but its fullest meaning is found in the gospel.
The psalm closes with a well-known verse about the fear of the Lord and how it brings about wisdom. That said, here’s the question I’d like for us to discuss in the comments section today: What are some practical ways that you practice the fear of the Lord (verse 10) in your life?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor