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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 111

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: God is good (v 1-19)

Psalms 111 Commentary 

(111:1) Hallelujah Psalms - Psalms 111 through 118 are called hallelujah psalms. Hallelujah means praise the LORD and expresses the uplifting and optimistic tone of these songs. 

(111:9) Redemption - The redemption here pictures the rescue by God of the Israelites from Egypt and the future return from their captivity in Babylon (see Deuteronomy 7-8; Jeremiah 31:11). Redemption means "the recovery of something Or someone upon payment of a price." All people ever created were being held in slavery by sin until Jesus paid the price to free us -giving his life as a perfect sacrifice for sin. Before Jesus did this, people were not permitted into God's presence (the most holy place); now, all believers can freely approach God's throne through Jesus, our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16), and experience God's presence with us through the Holy Spirit. (See Mark 10:45 and 1 Peter 1:18-20 for more on redemption.) 

(111:10) Fearing God - We become truly wise when we fear (revere) God. This same thought is expressed in Psalm 12:a and Proverbs 1:7-9. Many assume they can become wise by gaining life experience or academic knowledge alone. But if we do not acknowledge and respect God as the source of wisdom, then we have no foundation or contest for making wise decisions or understanding perplexing situations that are beyond us. We will then be prone to mistakes and foolish choices because we have removed ourselves from the very source of all wisdom. When we try to figure out life from our limited human perspective, we will always fail.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Wise Man

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 111. In our text today, we see the theme of the goodness of God and how our reverence for Him is the beginning of wisdom. In making application, we see the key to our wisdom and success in this world is to put the Lord and His Word First In our lives; not doing my will but His will will allow us to make wise decisions that produce a life of success. How about you? Do you fear the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of being a wise person.


Psalm 111

Psalm 111

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

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

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

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

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

 6He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

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

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

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

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