PSALM 111:1 – 4

EXTOL THE LORD

 

  1. Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Extol means to exalt, to lift up, to declare the greatness of.  Therefore I will exalt, lift up and declare the greatness of my God, YHVH the Great I AM, with all my heart.  With ALL that I have within me – from my very own ‘inside self’ that no one really knows except God – YHVH the Great I AM.  I will declare the greatness of God in front of, and face to face with, the assembly of the believers including the leadership.

  1. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

What are the works of the Lord?  Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  He created day and night Genesis 1:3 – 5;  He created the sky Genesis 1:6 – 8;  He created the ground Genesis 1:9 – 10a;  He created the seas Genesis 1:10b;  He created vegetation Genesis 1:11, 12;  He created the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, stars and planets Genesis 1:14 – 19; He created the sea creatures Genesis 1:20, 21; He created the birds of the air Genesis 1:20, 21; He created the animals Genesis 1:24, 25;  He created man in His image Genesis 1:27 – 30.  Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good…”  Genesis 2:2, 3 “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating He had done.”

God has finished His work.  Can mere man, who is His creation, create such splendor?  Never.  We don’t know how to create life.  Some would argue that this is not true.  Science has ‘started life’ from embryo’s in test tubes.  Where did the embryo come from?  Science has to begin life with the very thing that God created.

Can man create mountains and seas?  Some would argue that indeed man can do this.  Look at the huge earth moving machinery invented by man to create ‘mountains and seas’.  Where did the dirt and the water come from if not from what God has already created?

Can man create vegetation?  Man can make hybrid vegetation, through genetic plantings.  However, the vegetation God created is the starting point and He says, it is “very good”.

Man is not so great in and of himself.  We, too, are created beings of God.  The big difference is, we are the only creatures made in His image.  In His images means that we reflect what only God can do.  Yeshua told His disciples that without Him they could not do anything.

  1. Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever.

What are the glorious and majestic deeds of God?  Are they not the same as stated in the previous paragraphs?  Yes and no.  Yes, because all that God created is reflective of a glorious, majestic God.   No, because His deeds have been done since creation was finished.  What then, are His glorious and majestic deeds?

Deuteronomy 33:26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds of His majesty”.  Exodus 15:6 – 8   Your right hand, O Lord, is majestic in power.  Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.  In greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you.  You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.”

God’s glorious majesty is awesome!  No mortal can match His strength and His power.  God is not only majestic in power; He is majestic in His holiness.  His righteousness endures forever.

Exodus 15:11 – 13 “Who among the gods is like you, O LORD?  Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?  You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them (the enemies of God).[1]  In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.  In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

We read in Matthew 17:1 – 8 about Yeshua’s transfiguration in front of Peter, James and John.  “After six days Yeshua took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves.  And He was transfigured before them and His face shone as the sun, and His clothing was white as the light.  Then, behold, there appeared with Him, Moses and Elijah who talked with Him.  Then Peter said to Yeshua, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here.  If you wish we will make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud with said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Hear Him!’  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces terrified.  Yeshua came and touched them and said, ‘Get up, don’t be afraid.’  And when they opened their eyes, they saw no other, except Yeshua only.

God’s greatest manifestation of his majesty is revealed in Yeshua the Messiah.  He is our Risen King.  Peter the apostle referred to this incident when he wrote, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying; ‘this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Hear Him!’  We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.”  2 Peter 1:16 – 18

The power of the Coming of His Majesty the Savior Messiah!  He came as His Majesty the Savior; He is coming again as His Majesty the Conquering Risen and Alive Again King!  Yeshua is Lord and has always been our Sovereign Leader.  He is God, the Father’s ultimate Majestic Deed.

  1. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.

What are God’s wonders?  Look around.  They are everywhere.  God’s creation alone is a wonder of itself.  Psalm 147:8, 9 “He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.  He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.”  Psalm 147:16 – 18 “He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.  He hurls down His hail like pebbles.  Who can withstand His icy blast?  He sends His word and melts them; He stirs up His breezes and the waters flow.

What is the greatest wonder of God’s accomplishments?  It is the wonder of His redemptive work through His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.  Even the angels of heaven, so Peter said, ‘long to look into these things’. 1 Peter 1: 12  Humankind is the only created beings able to participate, qualify for, and receive this great and glorious accomplishment of our God YHVH.

In the third chapter of the Gospel of John we read about a man named Nicodemus who was a ruler in the synagogue who came to Yeshua by night and asked him this:  “Rabbi we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one and do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”  Yeshua answered, “Surely I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a mane be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Yeshua answered, “Most assuredly I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘you must be born again.’”

What does one have to do in order to qualify for this the Greatest Wonder?  The answer is found in 1 John 1:9 – 2:2; “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.  My little children, these things I write to you so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for out sins and not for your only but also for the whole world.”

Be Blessed

Jane Owens


[1] Parenthesis mine

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