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“May you and I ponder all the works of God.” <>< Dona (08/19/20)

Please read Psalms 111 through 115.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 111 Theme

Giving thanks to the Lord (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your works are great and they are pondered by all those who delight in them (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist described the Lord’s work (v.3, 7, 8, 9).

The psalmist described the Lord’s character (v.4, 5, 6, 9c). 

Something to experience

When believers show fear of (reverence to) the Lord it is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts will have good understanding. We should praise the Lord forever (v. 10).

Scripture to hide in our heart

Psalm 111:1 Praise the Lord!  I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 111:2 The Lord’s works are great, pondered by all those who delight in them.

Psalm 111:3 His work is honor and majesty.  His righteousness endures forever.

Psalm 111:4 He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered.  The Lord is gracious and merciful.

Psalm 111:5-6 He has given food to those who fear Him.  He always remembers His covenant.  He has shown His people the power of  His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

Psalm 111:7 The works of His hands are truth and justice.  All His precepts are sure.

Psalm 111:8 They are established forever and ever.  They are done in truth and uprightness.

Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people.  He has ordained His covenant forever.  His name is holy and awesome!

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  All those who do His work have a good understanding.  His praise endures forever!

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Psalm 112 Theme

The benefits of faith in God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are with those who fear You and follow Your commands (v. 1).

Something to think about

Many blessings are ours when we fear/revere the Lord and delight in His commandments (v. 2-9).

Something to experience

Yes when we fear (revere) the Lord and find delight in His commands we will experience many blessings. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 112:1 Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. 

Psalm 112:2-9 His offspring will be mighty in the land. The generation of the upright will be blessed.  Wealth and riches are in his house.  His righteousness endures forever.  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright, gracious, merciful, and righteous.  It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.  He will maintain his cause in judgment.  For he will never be shaken.  The righteous will be remembered forever.  He will not be afraid of evil news.  His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is established.  He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries. He has dispersed; he has given to the poor.  His righteousness endures forever.  His horn will be exalted with honor.

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Psalm 113 Theme

Praise God for His care.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are concerned about everyone, especially the poor and needy.

Something to think about

The psalmist encouraged praising the Lord (v. 1-2). He believed he should be praising the Lord’s name because He is high above all nations. His glory is above the heavens (v. 4).    No one is like the Lord, our God.  The psalmist believed he should be thanking and praising the Lord who is seated on high (v. 5).  Because He can stoop down to see heaven and earth (v. 6). The psalmist believed he should be thanking and praising the Lord because He raises up the poor and lifts up the needy (v. 7-8). The Lord also brings children into a barren woman’s life (v. 9).

Something to experience

We, as believers, have so much to thank and praise the Lord for that we should be expressing our gratitude and worship from sunrise to sunset (v. 3). All people are valuable and useful in God’s eyes.  Though many of us began possibly in poverty, God has used us to bring Him glory and honor and praise.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 113:1-2 1 Praise the Lord!  Praise, you servants of the Lord, praise the Lord’s name.  Blessed be the Lord’s name, from this time forward and forever more.

Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised.

Psalm 113:4 The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.

Psalm 113:5 Who is like the Lord, our God, who has His seat on high,

Psalm 113:6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?

Psalm 113:7-8 The Lord raises up the poor out of the dust.  Lifts up the needy from the ash heap, that He may set him with princes, even with the princes of His people.

Psalm 113:9 The Lord settles the barren woman in her home as a joyful mother of children.  Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 114 Theme

Deliverance of Israel from Egypt.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the earth trembled at Your Presence (v. 7).

Something to think about

My Bible notes: The mountain trembled in God’s Presence when He gave the law at Mount Sinai. 

Something to experience

Do we truly realize God’s power and authority and our frailty by comparison?

Will we tremble at His Presence when we meet Him face to face?  (v. 7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,


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Psalm 115 Theme

Give God glory (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, some still don’t trust You as their God (v. 2).

Something to think about

Many people worship gods made from silver and gold (v. 4). The gods they create can’t speak, see, hear, smell, feel or walk (v. 5-7).

Something to experience

We will trust in the Lord for He is our Help and our Shield (v. 9-11).  The Lord will remember us and bless us because we fear Him (v. 12-13).  And we should bless and praise Him forever (v. 18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for Your loving kindness, and for Your truth’s sake.

Psalm 115:2 Why should the nations say, “Where is their God, now?”

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Psalm 115:5-7 They have mouths, but they don’t speak.  They have eyes, but they don’t see.  They have ears, but they don’t hear.  They have noses, but they don’t smell.  They have hands, but they don’t feel.  They have feet, but they don’t walk, neither do they speak through their throat.

Psalm 115:9-11 Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.  10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield.  11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!  He is their help and their shield.

Psalm 115:12-13 12 The Lord remembers us. He will bless us.  He will bless the house of Israel.  He will bless the house of Aaron.  13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.

Psalm 115:18 but we will bless the Lord, from this time forward and forever more. Praise the Lord!

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Prayer

 Lord, I pray we will give thanks to You with our whole heart (Psalm 111:1). Thank You Lord for being gracious and merciful (Psalm 111:4).  The works of Your hands are truth and justice and all Your precepts are sure (Psalm 111:7). Thank You for sending redemption to us, Your people (Psalm 111:9).  You Lord are holy and awesome (Psalm 111:9).  Lord, I pray we will receive wisdom from You (Psalm 111:10). Your righteousness endures (Psalm 112:9). Lord, we will praise You (Psalm 113:1).  Thank You Lord for taking care of the poor and needy (Psalm 113:7). Lord, I pray we will give glory to Your name (Psalm 115:1).  Thank You Lord for being our help and our shield (Psalm 115:9-11).  Lord, I pray we will bless Your name forever (Psalm 115:18).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I thank the Lord for being our help and our shield.” <>< Dona