Within the assembly, the author recalls the great and marvelous deeds of the LORD on behalf of the entire people.
VERSE 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.
in the congregation. This probably refers to within the temple.
VERSE 2. The LORD’s works are great, pondered by all those who delight in them.
pondered. Do you ponder the works of the LORD in your own life?
VERSE 3. His work is honor and majesty. His righteousness endures forever.
VERSE 4. He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered. The LORD is gracious and merciful.
to be remembered. The works of the LORD are memorable.
VERSE 5. He has given food to those who fear him. He always remembers his covenant.
given food. The LORD provided food to the Hebrew people as they trekked across the desert.
VERSE 6. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
heritage of the nations. That is, the Promised Land.
VERSE 7. The works of his hands are truth and justice. All his precepts are sure.
truth. For us Christians, Jesus Christ is truth itself:
John 14:6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.”
VERSE 8. They are established forever and ever. They are done in truth and uprightness.
VERSE 9. He has sent redemption to his people. He has ordained his covenant forever. His name is holy and awesome!
VERSE 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!
fear of the LORD … wisdom. This reminds us of Proverbs 1:
Proverbs 1:7. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
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