Praise For The Lord’s Works
Psalm 111 is a hymn of praise. It opens with the writers announcement that he intends to praise the Lord.
The author starts by describing God’s works in general and then addresses His eternal righteousness and His compassion which are revealed in His mighty acts. These mighty acts of God cause us to seek even more evidence of His righteousness and compassion.
The author reminds us that God keeps His covenants with man. The evidence was His provision of food (manna and quail) in the wilderness, and the conquest of Canaan which fulfilled His covenant promise to Abraham.
He ends with the realization that the wisdom of our praise comes from the reverence and awe of God that penetrates our entire being.
It is the A B C of true wisdom. He who has learned to fear God has learned the first part of wisdom. According to some, the word “beginning” here means the chief, the head, the front, just as, often, in Scripture, “beginning” signifies that. “The fear of the Lord” is the chief part of “wisdom,” the essence of it.
Practical goodness is the proof of a good understanding. A man may have an orthodox head, and yet not have a good understanding. A man may be able to talk very glibly about the commandments of God, and even to preach about them with considerable power; but it is the doing of them that is the main point. - Charles Spurgeon
That praise should never end. We should never stop praising Him. Just as the angels surrounding God’s throne see His greatness and the greatness of His works.
Revelation 4:8 NIV Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”