July 20, 2021
Clinch Mountain District
Hallelujah God is Good
111 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 (KJV)
2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
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.
DevotionPsalm 111 speaks of the good works of God. It lists several reasons to praise God. I lift my voice in praise because the righteousness of God endures forever. I acknowledge and remember “his wonderful works,” which are not only the marvels of creation such as the Grand Canyon, or the beautiful beaches around the world, but also His covenant that is being worked out in our lives. God is not only our Lord and Savior, but also our Creator. God’s grace and compassion toward creation is shown through His works. God is faithful; and, unlike us, God keeps promises. God intends for us to have a new way of life where we can call and cast our every care upon Him. This psalm sings of both what God has done through creation and the saving acts in the history of the people of God, and what God is intending to do to redeem His people.
Psalm 111 is as much an old song, as it is a new song. The old song is the song of creation, and the new song is the song of redemption. The writer anticipated what God accomplished through Jesus on the cross. We can now sing both the old and new songs which are written about in this psalm. The psalmist referred back to the Exodus, but also looked ahead to what was yet to come: the redemption that is in Christ, our Lord and Savior.
As we look around the world today, at everything that is going on and all that seems negative, we can still see that God is good. Redemption, in verse 9, refers to the rescue of the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt, and later from Babylonian captivity. Just like the Israelites, we have been in bondage. We were slaves to sin until a ransom was paid by Jesus Christ. He paid a high price to set us all free. Hallelujah! Now, we as believers can approach the throne room of God. We should be praising God for what He has done, for what He is doing now, and for what He will do in our lives.
Believers are blessed and we need to say we are so. In fact, we should be shouting and singing of the goodness of God within and all around our lives. Furthermore, praising God because of what He has done gives us power to share the love of Christ with others in hope that they may also be redeemed. The works of our Lord are great, let us praise Him. Let us sing Hallelujah.