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Psalm 111

Praise for God’s Wonderful Works

1

Praise the Lord!

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

2

Great are the works of the Lord,

studied by all who delight in them.

3

Full of honor and majesty is his work,

and his righteousness endures forever.

4

He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;

the Lord is gracious and merciful.

5

He provides food for those who fear him;

he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6

He has shown his people the power of his works,

in giving them the heritage of the nations.

7

The works of his hands are faithful and just;

all his precepts are trustworthy.

8

They are established forever and ever,

to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.

9

He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name.

10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever.


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Verses 21–31

The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf against a corrupt world, and the great accuser.




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