Psalm 111: God’s Marvelous Miracles

What is the difference between praising the Lord among the righteous, compared to the unrighteous?

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Psalm 111:1 Praise the Lord! When the righteous have gathered, I will praise him with my whole being.
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Psalm 111:1 Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

How can we share the thrill of all God does?

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Psalm 111:2 The work of the Lord is wonderful. Those who seek after him share the thrill in everything he does.
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Psalm 111:2 The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.

How can we be sure God’s work is the best it can be, that there can be nothing better?

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Psalm 111:3 His work is the best it can be, splendid and majestic. His righteousness continues forever.
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Psalm 111:3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

If God’s miracles are too wonderful to be forgotten, why do people not always remember them?

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Psalm 111:4 The Lord’s miracles are too wonderful to be forgotten, a constant reminder of how merciful and compassionate he is.
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Psalm 111:4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

If Jesus’ story of Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham depicts the suffering and hunger of the righteous on Earth, does God always satisfy the hunger of those who revere him? Why?

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Psalm 111:5 He satisfies the hunger of those who revere him, and his promises are foremost on his mind.
Luke 16:19–23 “There was a rich man,” Jesus said, “who dressed in expensive clothes and lived in luxury. At the gate to his house lay a poor beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores. While Lazarus longed for a few leftover scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs licked his sores. One day, the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, but his soul was in torment. In the place of the dead, the rich man saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.”
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Psalm 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
Luke 16:19–23 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

If God’s promises are foremost on his mind, why are they not fulfilled more quickly?

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Psalm 111:5 He satisfies the hunger of those who revere him, and his promises are foremost on his mind.
King James
Psalm 111:5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.

If God’s promises are foremost on his mind, why are they not fulfilled more quickly?

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Psalm 111:6 His actions revealed the greatness of his power when he gave them the lands of other nations.
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Psalm 111:6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Who is in a position to judge God’s handiwork to be true and just? Why??

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Psalm 111:7 God’s handiwork is true and just. You can always trust his direction to be right.
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Psalm 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

How can we know what God’s direction is?

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Psalm 111:7 God’s handiwork is true and just. You can always trust his direction to be right.
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Psalm 111:7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.

What does it mean for God’s ways to “stand forever”?

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Psalm 111:8 His ways will stand forever, always true and right.
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Psalm 111:8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

When God rejected Israel, how did he not break his agreement?

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Psalm 111:9 God freed his people and will never break his agreement with them. He is uniquely awesome, worthy of the highest respect.
Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
Romans 9:6–8 God has not failed to fulfill his word to those who belong to him, because all the people of Israel are not children of God. They all may be descendants of Abraham, but they aren’t all heirs. God said Isaac, Abraham’s son by Sarah, would be the heir, not Ishmael, his firstborn son by Hagar. What’s the distinction? Ishmael represents children born of the flesh, who are not of the Father’s Spirit, children of God. Isaac represents those who hear God’s voice and believe, who by their faith receive the promise.
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Psalm 111:9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
Jeremiah 6:19 Listen, all the earth! I will bring disaster on my people. It is the fruit of their own schemes, because they refuse to listen to me. They have rejected my word.
Romans 9:6–8 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Under what conditions might we have no reason to fear the Lord?

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Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Always doing what he says just makes the best sense. Throughout eternity, he deserves the highest praise.
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Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.