Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 111:1-10 NLT
[1] Praise the LORD! I will thank the LORD with all my heart as I meet with his godly people.

[2] How amazing are the deeds of the LORD! All who delight in him should ponder them.

[3] Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.

[4] He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our LORD!

[5] He gives food to those who fear him; he always remembers his covenant.

[6] He has shown his great power to his people by giving them the lands of other nations.

[7] All he does is just and good, and all his commandments are trustworthy.

[8] They are forever true, to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

[9] He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!

[10] Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Reflection . . .

Psalm 111 is an acrostic. That means in Hebrew (the original language it was written in), each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It’s a technique that is difficult but shows the skill of the writer. Psalm 119 is the most famous of the Psalms using this technique.

Here in this Psalm, the psalmist reflects on the great deeds of the Lord. Many Psalms reflect on God’s attributes and all that He has done. The purpose for recalling God’s great works is found in verse 10, to help build a strong foundation of the “Fear of the Lord” so that we may obey what He desires for us.

So often, even in worship, we think that reflecting on our circumstances and then applying God’s word to whatever it is we are going through will help solve or change things. Sometimes that is the case, but when we are so consumed with the greatness of God, who He is and what He has done, only then will everything change and will we gain wisdom for living! Let’s get our focus on the Lord, who He is, what He has done and His greatness first and foremost! Why? Because He has paid full ransom for us (vs. 9) Then, everything will change! This Psalm starts and ends with Praise to the Lord.

Do you delight in the Lord? Then ponder His amazing greatness!