Psalm 111:2,3—The LORD’s works are great, studied by all who delight in them. All that He does is splendid and majestic; His righteousness endures forever.
This passage arrested my thinking while I was having a quiet time with the Lord. I thought how great it would be if when people studied my works they concluded that they were splendid and majestic. Immediately a thought came to my mind. My works are splendid and majestic when I am walking with God. Oswald Chambers noted, “Emulation is the instinct to imitate what you see another doing, in order not to appear inferior . . . Our Lord builds His deepest teaching on the instinct of emulation. When His Spirit comes in He makes me desire not to be inferior to Him who called me.” If I am obeying Him and my intent is to be like Him in whatever it is I am doing, the results will be terrific!
The Psalmist shares several of the Lord’s splendid and majestic works. In verse four we see He is gracious and compassionate. When I am walking with Him, I treat people in a similar fashion.
In verse five, we learn that He provides food for those who fear Him and remembers His promise forever. When I am conscious of pleasing Him I am sensitive to the needs of those around me and I keep my word.
Verse seven reveals that the works of His hands are truth and justice and all His teaching is trustworthy. When I live in holiness honesty is inherit in my words and actions so that I am trusted. I treat people justly.
Conversely, when I wander away from God’s will and insert my own, all kinds of degradation take place. My patience towards others wanes. I make excuses for what is inexcusable. Most of what I do is unimpressive and lowly. Instead of experiencing joy I feel regret.
Fearing God and obeying Him, according to the Psalmist in verse 10, leads to wisdom and good insight. These are completely necessary for great works! Living with God in order to be like Him is the sure key to success! Why settle for anything less?
If you are rightly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the sublime height where no one ever thinks of noticing you, all that is noticed is that the power of God comes through you all the time.—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)
Oswald Chambers in The Moral Foundations of Life