Beckett: The Greatness of God’s Works

Psalm 111
Praise Yahweh! I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of Yahweh, studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendour and majesty in His work, and His righteousness endures forever.
He has caused His wondrous works to be remembered; Yahweh is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.
He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever. Holy and awesome is His name!
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practise it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!


The theme throughout this psalm is the greatness of God’s works. They are “full of splendour and majesty” (v. 3), He causes them to be remembered (v. 4), “He provides food for those who fear Him” and “He remembers His covenant forever” (v. 5); He shows His people His power, with which gave them the inheritance of the nations (v. 6); and His works are faithful and just (v. 7).

God has done a plethora of wondrous things. Let’s recall just one of these things—a familiar one, such as the entirety of God bringing Israel out of slavery in Egypt. In this act, God’s majesty was shown. The people remembered this act and all people still remember this today, even unbelievers. That’s how awesome His works are, that even unbelievers remember them. He did this act because of the covenant (the promise) He made to their forefathers in order that they might inherit the nations, as first promised to Abraham. In this way, God was faithful and just.

Today, when we confess our sins, God “is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins when we repent because, “He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever” (Psalm 111:9).

God sent redemption to His people by sending Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Through Christ, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness whenever we ask. God’s work in Jesus Christ is His most wondrous work—His incarnation, His life, His suffering, His death, and His resurrection. God did this wondrous work for you because of the promise He made to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Thus, through Christ, we shall inherit all the nations. As Christ Himself says, “Blessed are the lowly, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5, Greek translation).

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