How Great is our God!

How Great is our God!

Psalm 111:1-10 (ESV) ~ Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;  they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

 

Psalm 111-118 is a compilation of readings that is deep and rich in praise and adoration for the Lord.

 

C.H. Spurgeon said, “All ye His saints unite in adoring Jehovah, who worketh so gloriously. Do it now, do it always: do it heartily, do it unanimously, do it eternally. Even if others refuse, take care that you have always a song for your God. Put away all doubt, question, grumbling, and rebellion, and give yourselves up to the praising of Jehovah, both with your lips and in your lives. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart. The sweet singer commences the song, for his heart is all on flame: whether others will follow him or not, he will at one begin and long continue.”

 

  • The Worship of our God ~ Here the psalmist is so overwhelmed as he considers the Lord that he breaks forth in praise unto Him. Notice:
    • The Encouragement ~ Praise the Lord!
    • The Experience:
      • Worship is Determined ~ I will praise/give thanks to the Lord
        • A conscious decision to praise the Lord
        • He was determined to praise the Lord
        • Wouldn’t it be great if all God’s people had the desire and determination to worship Him? He has blessed us all and is worthy of our worship.
      • Worship is Devoted ~ … with my whole heart
        • This is not inconsiderate or indifferent praise
        • This is not fake or an outward show praise
        • This was determined to worship the Lord with his whole heart, with all his being praise
        • Nothing was held back
        • How often do we come before the Lord in an attitude of praise that literally consumes all our inner being? How often is worship our one and only priority?
      • Worship is Displayed ~ in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
        • There is something special about gathering with the people of God to worship the Lord … TOGETHER!
        • We need private worship; but we NEED corporate, public worship!
        • Nothing will take the place of God’s people coming together, at an appointed time, in an appointed place to worship the Lord together!
      • The Works of our God ~ In verses 2-8, the psalmist is still in an attitude of praise as he considers all the mighty works of our God.
        • They Are Great ~ Verse 2 says, “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” This seems such an insignificant description of the works of our God, but our language simply cannot express the wonder and greatness of all He is.
          • The word great is translated to “large in magnitude and extent; being of importance, distinguished.”
          • Also note, those who knew the Lord sought out His great and mighty works. They had experienced them before and desired to have them again. The phrase sought out means, “to resort to; seek with care; to enquire or frequent.” Clearly the works of God was something the people desired and sought after.
        • They are Glorious ~ Verse 3 says, “Full of splendor and majesty is His work, and His righteousness endures forever.
          • The psalmist speaks of the glory of the Lord as He performs His marvelous works. They are honorable and glorious. He is the only true and living God, He never changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
          • Isn’t it amazing to consider that the God of heaven would take time to notice us?
        • They are Gracious ~ Verse 4 says, “He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
          • The works of the Lord had been brought into remembrance by the psalmist. Just think about all the wonders recorded in the pages of Scripture, marvels such as: creation, plagues upon Egypt, parting of the Red Sea, God’s provision for Israel in the wilderness, destruction of the walls of Jericho, preservation of the Hebrew young men in the fiery furnace, preservation of Daniel in the lions’ den, preservation of Jonah in the belly of the great fish, and the many miracles of Jesus.
          • We too can look back over our lives and remember the times when our God has shown Himself mighty and gracious in our lives. He is a God that is filled with compassion toward those who are undeserving.
          • Psalm 86:5 (ESV) ~For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
          • Psalm 86:15 (ESV) ~ But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
        • They are Generous ~ Verses 5-6 ~ These verses reveal the generosity and providence of God toward man. This generosity is twofold:
          • His Provision ~ Verse 5 says, “He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.
            • Surely the Lord had cared for His covenant people. He brought Abraham out of a land of idolatry with the promises of a great nation and abundant land. God brought them through famine and the wilderness. When they entered Canaan, they found a land of great abundance.
            • If anyone ought to rejoice, it ought to be us. We have never faced much of the adversity than many before us have. We may not have always had what we wanted, but I doubt any of us have ever lacked what we needed.
          • His Providence ~ Verses 6 says, “He hath shown His people the powers of His works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
            • God had brought them into a land that was inhabited by others and gave them a great inheritance. This was God’s plan from the beginning. Even today, Israel faces tremendous pressure from surrounding nations, but they didn’t give them that land and the surrounding nations will never be able to take it away!
            • The Lord’s gifts of His people of old are ours today: God’s unlimited, wonder-working power; A glorious inheritance, the promised land is a symbol of heaven.
            • We don’t have claim to a physical piece of land, but we do have claim to a home prepared for all those who have trusted in Christ though salvation. The redeemed are headed toward heaven, by the providential hand of our God, and this world can do nothing to prevent it. We are secure because God has declared it to be so!

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