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Psalm 111

with all the heart

Let’s pray: Father, I desire to give You my whole heart, attention, and all of my praise.  I desire to draw closer to You, to know You more.  As a child of God, I acknowledge I am still learning how to walk and stand.  Jesus, I pray I can experience Your Presence in a whole new way today.  And Holy Spirit, I ask for Your much needed guidance.  Would You please help me to come as I am before God, trusting that in Your Presence I can be changed for Your glory and move into actions that reveal who You are.  I love You, am in awe of You, and in Your Name Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Psalm 111 begins with, “Praise the Lord.”  Looking closer at the word praise, using the Hebrew alphabet, the word picture formed from the letters is: a picture of a man with his arms raised looking at a great sight and includes the idea of moving closer to a destination.

Psalm 111 ends with, “To Him belongs eternal praise.”  This short sentence holds a great idea.  Because the same word is used again for praise - its the same idea except it’s expanded because the word eternal is included.  Eternal praise.  The idea now includes: to remain standing almost like a living pillar of continuous praise.

So praise bookends this Psalm.  It offers encouragement that with every breath, movement, moment and hour I have, I can move closer and closer to living in unbroken praise of God.  This is a great work of God in itself because I am a broken vessel.

Great, glorious, majestic are all the things He does!  He is faithful and just in it all.  He is trustworthy.  He provides.  He remembers.  He shows.  He gives.  He works.  Why?  Because, “the Lord is gracious and compassionate.” Psalm 111:4b. 

If Psalm 111 were a book on its own, vs. 4b, “the Lord is gracious and compassionate” would be the spine holding the whole thing together.  The word gracious here is the idea of a beautiful large family encampment in a complete circle.  The homes make the walls of this camp and inside there is freedom, beauty, favor, and mercy.  It’s pleasant and precious!  And if that wasn’t enough, it says the Lord is compassionate.  His love is mercy-full!  He has indeed provided redemption for His people!

So, what’s key to having praise be the bookends of a whole life?  It’s in Psalm 111:1b, “I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.”  

Everywhere the psalmist was - was a place to praise Jehovah!  The word extol is similar to praise because they both include active movement.  But extol includes the ideas of the hands - what we work with.  So, alone or together; coming and going; at work or at home, active praise to God with all the heart is what moves us from praising today into eternal praise.  

Hallelujah and Amen.

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