Psalm 111

Read: Psalm 111:1; Psalm 9:1; Mark 12:30; Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10:24 – 25

Psalm 111 is an alphabetical Psalm which examines how, where, and why we should Hallelujah, which means praise the Lord.

Think About It: According to Psalm 111:1, how should I praise the Lord? Am I praising the Lord in accordance with Psalm 9:1 and Mark 12:30? According to Psalm 111:1, where should I praise the Lord?

Prayer: That I might praise the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.

 

Read: Psalm 111:2 – 3; Romans 3:21 – 25; 1 Corinthians 1:30

The main topic of Psalm 111 answers the question, “For what shall I give praise?” The general answer is given in v. 2: for “the great works of the Lord.” What those works are is spelled out in verses 3 – 9.

Think About It: What is said about God’s works in Psalm 111:3? What work of God is everlasting? How can I experience for myself the righteousness of God?

Prayer: Praise God that He makes His righteousness available to me.

 

Read: Psalm 111:4; Psalm 78:38, 86:15, 112:4, 145:8; 2 Kings 13:23

Psalm 111:4 tells us that God makes His wonderful works to be remembered.  The Lord is gracious and full of compassion . The Hebrew word for compassion in v. 4 is used in Scripture (with one possible exception) only of God.

Think About It: How does God demonstrate His compassion to His people? How have I experienced God’s compassion?

Prayer: Praise God that He is full of compassion.

 

Read: Psalm 111:5 – 6; Romans 12:2; Jeremiah 31:31 – 35

The works of God glorified in Psalms 111:5 – 6 are essentially His providence and His covenant.  Theologians usually describe six Biblical covenants: Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and the New.  

Think About It: Has God forgotten any of His covenants? How long can I count on God to keep His promises?  How do I partake of God’s covenant? How have I experienced His providence?

Prayer: Praise God for His promises and His providence.

 

Read: Psalm 111:7 – 8; Matthew 5:18; Luke 16:17; Galatians 3:24 – 25

The work of God glorified in Psalm 111:7 – 8 is His Law.  The Hebrew word translated “sure” in Psalm 111:7 means “established, verified, believable.” God’s commandments make sense.

Think About It: What else is true of God’s commandments according to Psalm 111:7 – 8? What is the function of God’s law according to Galatians 3:24 – 25? How does the Law accomplish that?

Prayer: Praise God for the truth and justice of His law.

 

Read: Psalm 111:9; Hosea 13:14; Mark 10:45; 1 Timothy 2:5  – 6; Nahum 1:6; Malachi 3:2

The work of God glorified in Psalm 111:9 is redemption or ransom of His people.  Christ is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise of redemption.  Christ eternally fulfills all of the covenants of God through His priestly sacrifice.

Think About It: What does Psalm 111:9 say about the name of God?

Prayer: Praise God for His work of redemption.

 

Read: Psalm 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 9:10; 14:29

The personal implications of fearing the Lord are considered in Psalm 111:10. The psalmist’s conclusion that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom is a consistent theme of the Old Testament wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes). To know God truly is  to stand in awe of Him, trust Him, and obey Him.  “Understanding” is defined in Job 28:28 as “to depart from evil”; in Psalm 111:10 “understanding” is defined as doing God’s commandments.

Think About It: What is meant by “fearing the Lord?”  What kinds of thoughts and actions demonstrate fear of the Lord?  Do I fear the Lord?

Prayer: Praise the Lord for all His marvelous works.

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