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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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This Psalm begins and ends with an invitation to praise the Lord. Psalms 111 and 112 form a unity, having the same theme. The author calls the whole community to join him in praising God. He says he is doing it with all his “heart” (v.1), out of his own choice and with all his being. What makes him praise God is the revelation of Himself. God makes Himself known by His commandments, which are “steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness” (v.8), by His deeds, which are “glorious and majestic” (v.3), “faithful and just” (v.7), and by His covenant with His people; “He remembers His covenant forever” (v.5).

It is also true that the majestic works of God can go unnoticed, if we do not reflect on them and do not “delight in them” (v.2). For this reason, as a protection against us forgetting, “He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate” (v.4). Some Bible interpreters make a connection with the Passover feast, also a memorial to the great deliverance from the Egyptian slavery. This is one of the most outstanding deeds of God in the ancient times and becomes a symbol of His deliverance from the bondage of the sin. However, this is a specific event, it does not comprehend the whole series of the deeds that should not be forgotten, even in this time of alienation from God. On the contrary, the Sabbath is embedded in our very existence, speaking of our origin, pointing to our Redeemer and to the hope we can have in the present actions of God. It gives us healing from the restlessness caused by sin. It speaks to us of the works God has promised to accomplish in the lives of His children and is an aid against forgetfulness.

Dear Lord,

The author of this Psalm calls us to praise You. Help us to do it with all our heart, acknowledging the great and wondrous deeds You accomplish daily in our lives.  Amen.

 

Ioan Campian-Tartar
General Secretary
Romanian Union Conference