Psalm 111:2 “How amazing are the deeds of the Lord. All who delight in him should ponder them. “ Reminds us a fundamental principle: Delight leads to study. A lover can recall every feature of his beloved’s face. A mother knows every dimple ( A small depression or indentation in a surface ), hair, birthmark on her baby’s body. When we recognize something as full of splendor and majesty, careful attention is no chore ( A task, especially a difficult, unpleasant, or routine one ). When we are fascinated, when we marvel at some wonder, when our hearts rise with delight. In some reality, the natural and unavoidable response is to move further up and further in, to seek after the object of our affection, to devote concerted effort to observing, understanding, and evaluating what we love, and, then to feel, apply, and express what we’ve seen.
I believe that Psalm 111 meant to draw our attention back to God’s works on behalf of his people in Exodus through Joshua.
Do you remember:
– how at his signal earth and sea swallowed the horse and the rider whole?
– how he revealed his name as the Lord sovereign in grace and mercy, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast (fixed or unchanging ), forgiver of sins and punisher of guilt?
– how he leads them into a land that flowed with milk and honey and gave them rest?
This psalm is not merely about the past it is also directed to the future with five (5) ” forever “– example: his righteousness endures forever.These ” forever” remind us that there were greater works yet to come, works that we also do well to remember and study with delight.