I cannot say with certainty that Psalm 111 was penned by David; however, the message of the psalm conveys an often repeated theme found in the psalms that bear the king’s name: Praise and Thanksgiving.
Psalms 111 – Hallelujah!
A Psalm of Praise (111:1-5)
The psalm begins with David calling upon the congregation, “Praise ye the LORD” (111:1a), an expression of thanksgiving that joyfully boasts in the LORD Who is the Eternal, Self-existent God of creation. The king vowed, “I will praise [give thanks to] the Lord with my whole heart [mind, thoughts], in the assembly of the upright [keepers of the Law], and in the congregation” (111:1).
Sincere praise arises from a trusting, undivided heart. When the psalmist considered the works of the LORD, the wonder of His creation, and the expanse of the heavens, he shared the delight of all who boast in the LORD, “My God made that!” (111:2).
The works of the LORD are “glorious” to behold (111:3) and “wonderful” (111:4a), with every detail reflecting the Creator who is “gracious and full of compassion” (111:4). He honors His covenant with man, and never forgets His promises (111:5).
Why should we glorify the LORD? (111:6-10)
We need only look around us to see God’s works, and be reminded that He is truth, and His judgment and commandments never waver (111:6-7). Though we live in uncertain times, and in the midst of shaking and changing, yet the commandments of the LORD “stand fast for ever and ever” (111:8). The winds of political change should never cause a believer to doubt the principles and precepts of God’s immutable Word (111:9).
Closing thoughts – Remember this principle: The fear [reverence] of the LORD is the beginning [fundamental; the most important thing] of wisdom: a good understanding [insight; discretion] have all they that do [make; perform] his commandments: his praise [glory] endureth [stands; is established] for ever [eternity].” (Psalm 111:10)
Psalm 127 – Building a House to the LORD
The devotional prior to today’s Scripture reading was from 1 Chronicles 28-29, and was King David’s farewell challenge to Israel, and his son Solomon. Though not directly attributed to David, the title of Psalm 127, “A Song of Degrees for Solomon,” leads me to believe it was written for him about the time he assumed the throne, and undertook the task of building the Temple. If written by David, certainly the first verse resonated in Solomon’s heart: “1Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (127:1).
Without the LORD, all labor is futile and vain. (127:1)
Men may accomplish outstanding works, and undertake incredible feats in a lifetime, but without God’s blessing, their works and efforts cannot endure, and often perish before the man himself has passed. Only with the LORD can a man build something that withstands the test of time. Without His blessing, our accomplishments are all for naught.
Warning: It is better to work hard, and trust God to bless.
Psalm 127:2 – 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: For so he giveth his beloved sleep.
In this life, we often set alarms to wake up early, only to work late into the night, striving for success. We may achieve worldly fame, financial success, and have all manner of accolades bestowed upon us; however, it is often to the neglect of family, and perhaps at the sacrifice of things that are eternal.
The Blessing of Children: The More the Merrier (127:3-5)
Psalm 127:3-5 – 3Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be ashamed, But they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Little explanation is necessary for Psalm 127:3-5; however, its application is contrary to a culture that rejects children as a burden and hardship. The Biblical perspective is, “Children are an heritage,” a gift, and a blessing “of the LORD.
The father of sons who fear the LORD is blessed, and strengthened because of them, and they are like “arrows” in the hand of a mighty warrior. Such a man is courageous, bold, and confident even when enemies are at the gate.
Proverbs 19:26 – 26He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, Is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
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