November 26, 2021 – Friday
Psalm 111:1-10 NIV
All the verses are given below with a few short comments along with the verses.
Before the Psalm a note of explanation. In my morning reading, someone mentioned Psalm 111 as their Thanksgiving Psalm. In my reading of the Psalm, I understood their feelings and thought the day after Thanksgiving when so much is focused on buying, buying, and more buying we might want a little more Thanksgiving. Additionally it is interesting to note that while this Psalm has no title, Charles Spurgeon gave it the title “The Psalm of God’s Works.” He also wrote, it is a hymn of praise, having for its subject the works of the Lord in creation, providence, and grace.
1 Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
We should never be silent about our praise and love of God.
2 Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Sunrises, sunsets, birds singing, the first snowfall, the cry of a newborn baby, the stars at night, …
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
We are able to see our own milky way at night. As for His righteousness, only one God sent His Son for us.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
Who can forget Jesus’ ability to control the sea and the wind as well as defeating death for us.
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
His covenant through Jesus continues to this day and we who hold Him in awe are fed by His Word.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.
He took Israel away from His people and then returned it almost 2,000 years later.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
He put the universe in place yet provides precepts for living for us that continue to be trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
I only have to read through Proverbs to know the truth of this.
9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name.
His people whom he brought back to Israel and now to those He brings through the covenant of His Son.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
The Greek word translated fear may also be translated awe, but either way (or both) it is wise to fear and hold in awe our Creator. It is also wise to follow His teaching in Proverbs, Psalms, and the rest of the Bible.
Now try placing your own comments, thoughts, feelings, emotions and such as you would choose after each verse for your day after Thanksgiving Day to give Thanks.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your Psalms which provide so much food for thought as they continually make me aware of Your wonderful Greatness and Grace. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton in Beavercreek