Psalm 111

Praising God is inherent in true worship and the following psalm helps provide the proper focus:

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!


Man with headlamp stands under awesome night sky, Arches National Park. By NPS (Jacob W. Frank), [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.


Isaac Newton (1642-1727), “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done.” 1689. By Godfrey Kneller (1646–1723), [(PD-Art)], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.

His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant.

He has declared to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure.

They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.


Replica of Isaac Newton’s second reflecting telescope, 1672. By (Andrew Dunn) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.


Praise goes beyond mere activity during a worship service.  It is a mindset focused on the incomparable character of almighty God.  Let this psalm be a template for your worship today.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV.