Psalms 111

1 [a]Praise the LORD.[b]I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalms 111 Commentary

Chapter 111

The Lord is to be praised for his works.

- The psalmist resolves to praise God himself. Our exhortations and our examples should agree together. He recommends the works of the Lord, as the proper subject, when we are praising him; and the dealings of his providence toward the world, the church, and particular persons. All the works of the Lord are spoken of as one, it is his work; so admirably do all the dispensations of his providence centre in one design. The works of God, humbly and diligently sought into, shall all be found just and holy. God's pardoning sin is the most wonderful of all his works, and ought to be remembered to his glory. He will ever be mindful of his covenant; he has ever been so, and he ever will be so. His works of providence were done according to the truth of the Divine promises and prophecies, and so were verity, or truth; and by him who has a right to dispose of the earth as he pleases, and so are judgment, or righteous: and this holds good ( psalms 111:7-8 ) God's commandments are sure; all have been fulfilled by Christ, and remain with him for a rule of walk and conversation to us. He sent redemption unto his people, out of Egypt at first, and often afterwards; and these were typical of the great redemption, which in the fulness of time was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus. Here his everlasting righteousness shines forth in union with his boundless mercy. No man is wise who does not fear the Lord; no man acts wisely except as influenced by that fear. This fear will lead to repentance, to faith in Christ, to watchfulness and obedience. Such persons are of a good understanding, however poor, unlearned, or despised.

Cross References 22

  • 1. Psalms 34:1; Psalms 109:30; Psalms 115:18; Psalms 145:10
  • 2. S Psalms 9:1
  • 3. Psalms 89:7
  • 4. S Psalms 1:5
  • 5. S Job 36:24; Psalms 92:5; Psalms 143:5; Revelation 15:3
  • 6. Psalms 64:9
  • 7. Psalms 112:3,9; Psalms 119:142
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 4:31; S Psalms 86:15; Psalms 103:8
  • 9. S Genesis 1:30; S Psalms 37:25; Mt 6:26,31-33
  • 10. Psalms 103:11
  • 11. S 1 Chronicles 16:15; S Psalms 105:8
  • 12. Psalms 64:9; S Psalms 66:3,5
  • 13. S Psalms 105:44
  • 14. S Psalms 92:4
  • 15. Psalms 19:7; Psalms 119:128; Revelation 15:3
  • 16. Ps 119:89,152,160; Isaiah 40:8; S Matthew 5:18
  • 17. Psalms 34:22; S Psalms 103:4; Psalms 130:7; Luke 1:68
  • 18. Psalms 30:4; Psalms 99:3; Luke 1:49
  • 19. S Job 23:15; S Psalms 19:9
  • 20. Deuteronomy 4:6; Proverbs 9:10
  • 21. S Deuteronomy 4:6; Ps 119:98,104,130; Ecclesiastes 12:13
  • 22. Psalms 28:6; Psalms 89:52; Psalms 145:2

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • [b]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah"

Chapter Summary


This psalm, though without a name, is thought to be penned by David; it is composed in an artificial manner, in an alphabetical order, each clause or sentence beginning with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet in course, till the whole is finished; this perhaps was done to recommend the psalm, to make it more observed, and to help the memory; the general design of it is to excite to praise the Lord, from the consideration of his great and wonderful works.

Psalms 111 Commentaries

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