A Tribute To Israel's God

Psalm 111

Often todayís Christiansí attitude toward God is opposite this psalmistís attitude.  Too often the Christiansí attitude (especially American Christians) is, ďWhat has God done for me lately?Ē  Here, the psalmist focused on Godís praiseworthiness, not on his physical desires and ambitions.

Note the psalmistís reasons for this high esteem for God.

1.      Godís people hold God in the highest esteem.

2.      Godís deeds are amazing!

3.      Godís deeds reveal His glory, majesty, and unfailing righteous.

4.      God motivated Israel to remember His works, graciousness, and mercy.

5.      God provided Israelís food (physically sustained them) and kept His word.

6.      God kept His word and demonstrated His power by giving to Israel ungodly peopleís territory.

7.      God was just and good, so Israel can depend on His teachings.

8.      Godís commands were true and deserved Israelís trust and integrity.

9.      God paid Israelís complete ransom and guaranteed to Israel His eternal covenant.

10.   Godís name is holy and awe-inspiring.

11.   Deep respect for and obedience of God were both the foundation of wisdom and the key to growing in wisdom.

In this psalm God was (is) the key to a righteous existence.  Israel was because God is.  The key to retaining what Israel had was God.  Thus the key to advancing was a proper relationship with God. 

The foundation of everything Israel had was God, not Israel.  Israel had opportunity because of Godís initial involvement.  Israel acted on the opportunity God provided.  Without the opportunity God provided, Israel was nothing.

Without God, what are you?  How much do you credit yourself?  How much do you credit God?

April 19, 2017  *  Fort Smith, AR

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