Psalm One Hundred Eleven
The Lord is to be praised for his works.
The psalmist resolves to praise God himself. Our exhortations and our
examples should agree together. He recommends the works of the Lord, as the
proper subject, when we are praising him; and the dealings of his providence
toward the world, the church, and particular persons. All the works of the Lord are
spoken of as one, it is his work; so admirably do all the dispensations of his
providence centre in one design. The works of God, humbly and diligently sought
into, shall all be found just and holy. God's pardoning sin is the most wonderful of
all his works, and ought to be remembered to his glory. He will ever be mindful of
his covenant; he has ever been so, and he ever will be so. His works of
providence were done according to the truth of the Divine promises and
prophecies, and so were verity, or truth; and by him who has a right to dispose of
the earth as he pleases, and so are judgment, or righteous: and this holds good of
the work of grace upon the heart of man, verses 7,8. All God's commandments
are sure; all have been fulfilled by Christ, and remain with him for a rule of walk
and conversation to us. He sent redemption unto his people, out of Egypt at first,
and often afterwards; and these were typical of the great redemption, which in the
fulness of time was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus. Here his everlasting
righteousness shines forth in union with his boundless mercy. No man is wise who
does not fear the Lord; no man acts wisely except as influenced by that fear. This
fear will lead to repentance, to faith in Christ, to watchfulness and obedience.
Such persons are of a good understanding, however poor, unlearned, or
── Matthew Henry《Concise Commentary on Psalms》
 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure
Sought — Diligently meditated upon.
 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Work — Either all his works, or that eminent branch of those works, his
providence towards his people.
Righteousness — His justice or faithfulness in performing his word.
 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious
and full of compassion.
Remembered — By their own nature, and the lasting benefits flowing
from them, which are such as cannot easily be forgotten.
 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his
Meat — All necessary provisions for their being and well-being.
 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are
The works — All that he doth on the behalf of his people, or against
Truth — Are exactly agreeable to his promises, and to justice.
Commandments — His laws given to the Israelites, especially the
Sure — Constant and unchangeable.
 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
Done — Constituted or ordered.
 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever:
holy and reverend is his name.
Redemption — The deliverance out of Egypt, which was a type of that
higher redemption by Christ.
Commanded — Appointed, or established firmly by his power and
For ever — Through all successive generations of his people to the end
of the world.
Reverend — Terrible to his enemies, venerable in his peoples eyes,
and holy in all his dealings with all men.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have
all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
The fear — True religion.
Beginning — Is the only foundation of, and introduction to, true
── John Wesley《Explanatory Notes on Psalms》