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Psalm One Hundred and Eleven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 111:2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

Psalm 111:3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Psalm 111:4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

Psalm 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

Psalm 111:6 He hath showed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Psalm 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

Psalm 111:8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

for ever and ever. Note the attributes of God which are said to last for ever: “His righteousness” (Psalm 111:3); “His commandments” (Psalm 111:7); “His covenant” (Psalm 111:9); “His praise” (Psalm 111:10).

Psalm 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

reverend. It has been noted, somewhat facetiously, that this is the only place where the term “reverend” appears in the Authorized Version, and that it applies to God rather than man. Only God is to be “revered,” which is the basic meaning of the Hebrew word.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

beginning of wisdom. The world has largely ignored the foundation of the only true wisdom, which is stressed repeatedly in Scripture to be found only in God's revealed wisdom. Note Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians 2:3; etc.