It is amazing to observe the number of similarities developed, by the cultural mindset regarding Christmas, with its all-seeing and all-knowing Santa, compared to the biblical revelation of the incomparable, self-existent, eternal, infinite God. Christmas, unfortunately, has become more about consumerism than about God’s faithful work through God the Son becoming incarnate as the babe in the manger. All praise, honor, service, and dependence on the Lord has been cast aside because “Santa Claus is coming to town.”
Thankfully, the Psalms become the blazing light that gives the worshiping community of believers a voice. The hymns, expressed by the Psalmists, reflect real people in real life settings as they rehearse and meditate on the glory and splendor of God. The response of their worship becomes the catalyst to stir God’s people back to the reality of the blessing of being in relationship to God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, this Psalm, a corporate Psalm of worship, is intended to stimulate our focus back to the magnificent faithfulness of God’s character as demonstrated by his works. The greatest of God’s work was sending Jesus Christ to provide redemption from bondage to sin and the wrath of God. Our only response to being “in Christ” must be adoration and obligation to Christ.
Reflection of God’s character and works
Application of our adoration and obligation
Great Are the Lord’s Works
111:1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
8 they are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!