Morning devotion: Read Psalm 111

Psalms 111:6  ¶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.

The first part of this Psalm was of praise to the LORD. His works are sought of those that have pleasure in the LORD. They are Honourable and to be remembered. Those things are literally a meat or satisfaction to his own.

Verse six tells us that he has revealed those things to his own, meaning His redeemed, His saved. He redeemed Israel and He redeems us to His gracious salvation.

As we have seen so many times in the scriptures, we have the inheritance of the heathen. God so graciously allows us to have all things to enjoy freely.

Because, as verse seven says, His works are Verity and judgment and His commandments will never change. Verity means truthful. God will ever be truthful; what he says will always come to pass.

Psalm 111: 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.

Isaiah 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I am so glad that what God promises to us, we can be assured we will have. Years ago, God promised me salvation and forgiveness and a wonderful relationship with him through Jesus Christ. He promised me genuine change and freedom. He has promised me His love. He has never failed in that promise.

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

The LORD redeemed His people from the tyranny, bondage and slavery of the Egyptians when He sent Moses and Aaron to deliver them. Slavery is not just whites against blacks, slavery happens all over the world. Even today people, especially young girls are being brought into slavery in the Africa and the middle east.

But, there is a greater slavery that perpetrates even greater tyranny and bondage. It is called sin. Praise be to God who has redeemed us from that.

Isaiah 61:1  ¶The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (repeated in Luke 4:8)

Romans 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Colossians 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

The result of this beautiful redemption we now have a wonderful relationship with our LORD.

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.

Psalms 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

What is this “fear of the LORD?” For the born-again believer, it is a reverential fear, a love fear relationship. As a child loves his father and yet fears him for his love in return, for the love of the father corrects and guides and nurtures and yes punishes his own beloved. Put that the level of the LORD. It, by volumes more, creates a greater, Godly watch care over his own.

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Let’s read it again.  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.

The question is this, do you understand. The person with “good” understanding will praise the LORD.  They will have pleasure in the works of the LORD and be satisfied in the LORD, forever.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook