O WORSHIP THE KING
Introduction: Psalms 111
1. Psalm 110 is a Psalm of David about the position and priesthood of the Lord Jesus. We know for sure that Jesus is the Lord in verse one (Matt. 22:44) and the Priest in verse four (Heb. 5:6&10).
2. The next Psalm which is Psalm 111 is a Psalm of praise to the Lord for His grace, mercy and goodness. As Lord (Shepherd), He reigns in our hearts to lead us in the paths of peace and righteousness (Ps. 23:2-3). As Priest, He lays down His life for His people (Jn. 10:11). He has “purged our sins” (Heb. 1:3) and He did this “once for all when He offered up Himself” (Heb.10:27).
3. Therefore His enemies will be made His footstool and He rules in their midst whether they like it of not (Ps. 110:2). He is Lord of all. (Ps. 110:1; Acts 10:36). He has all power in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).
4. When we truly see Him as Lord (King) and Priest (Ps. 110), this should motivate us to submit to Him as well as praise and worship Him (Ps. 111).
5. In this study we observe what the Psalmist said in Psalm 111 about his:
I. RESOLVE to Worship
II. REASON for Worship
III. REVERENCE in Worship
I. HIS RESOLVE TO WORSHIP (Ps. 111:1).
1. Notice first his resolve to worship. He said, “I will praise the Lord.” It was
personal with him. (vs. 1a). It was not about others but it was about himself.
2. It was not only personal, it was also planned. The word “resolve” means “to
reach a firm decision about.” He said, “I will praisethe Lord”. It was not an
accidental or incidental thing. It was not an afterthought with him. He purposed and planned to praise (vs. 1b).
3. His praise was not only personal and planned, it was also passionate. He said,
“I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.”
4. His worship was not only personal and planned and passionate, it was sometimes public. He said he would praise and worship, “In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation” (v. 1c). This was by no means the only time he would praise, but it was one of the times. We are to “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually (Heb. 13:15). Most of our worship is private and outside the assembly but God wants us to worship with others at various times—especially on the first day of the week (Act 20:7; Heb. 10:25).
II. HIS REASON FOR WORSHIP (Ps. 111:2-6)
1. There are numerous reasons listed here as incentives to praise:
a. “The works of the Lord are great” (v. 2a).
b. His “works” are designed that those who focus on them will “pleasure in them” (v. 2b).
c. His work is “honorable and glorious” (v. 3a)
d. His “righteousness endures forever” (v. 3b).
e. He made His “wonderful works to be remembered” (v. 4a)
f. He is “gracious and full of compassion” (v. 4b).
g. He feeds those who “fear” (respect/reverence) Him (v. 5a). (Heb. 12:28).
h. He always remembers “His covenant” with His people (v. 5b).
i. He informs His people of the “power of His works” (v. 6).
2. His “works” are for His peoples’ good.
III. HIS REVERENCE IN WORSHIP (Ps. 111:7-10)
1. His works are made known in His word which “stands forever” (v. 7-8).
2. His name is “holy and awesome” (v. 9).
3. To reverence Him is the “beginning of wisdom” (v. 10).
4. Our reverence for Him and His “works” for us demand a response of obedience in doing “His commandments” and results in “praise” (v. 10a).
5. His praise “endures forever” (v. 10b).
Conclusion: O Worship the King all glorious above and gratefully sing His wonderful love. Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise. (Robert Grant, 1833).