(10 verses, 00:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
- A Psalm of praise for the enduring, mighty acts of the Lord.
1: Hallelujah! The Lord is to be praised.
2-4: He is to be praised for His works.
5-9: He is to be praised for His mercy shown to His people.
10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (See also Proverbs 1:7; 9:10)
- The psalmist is unashamed as he boasts in the Lord with his whole heart.
- He begins by exclaiming, “Hallelujah!” “Praise the Lord!” This sets the tone for what follows: joy, praise, and thanks to the Lord for all His wonderful works.
- The Lord shows us His mercy and grace through His works, His actions.
- Notice the enduring nature of God’s gracious works. Count how many times the word “forever” is used!
- Psalm 111 describes the Lord’s works as great, wondrous, and full of splendor and majesty. He is gracious and merciful.
- The psalmist lists specific ways in which the Lord has demonstrated His grace and mercy to His people, Israel…he acted!
- He provided manna in the wilderness (v. 5).
- He gave them the land of Canaan (v.6).
- He gave them His holy and righteous Law (v.7-8).
- He delivered His people from slavery in Egypt (v.9).
- The Lord provides! His works/actions show us His enduring grace and mercy.
Like the psalmist, I invite you to reflect upon the gracious and merciful works the Lord has done and continues to do for you.
- God acted by sending His Son to die in your stead.
- God acted in the waters of Holy Baptism, marking you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.
- God acts as He forgives all your sins in the absolution spoken by your pastor.
- God acts as He forgives and strengthens you with Christ’s very body and blood in the Lord’s Supper.
- Our God is a God of action. He comes directly to His people with actions full of grace and mercy. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.