Psalm 111

1 Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

2 The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I feel this psalm is an invitation to nerds.  Have you ever had a favorite superhero?  One that you would actually subscribe to their comics, collect their action figures, stalk comicbook shops, conventions, and garage sales looking for any issues that came out before you started subscribing.  If they had a movie come out, you were there opening day and got super critical of any detail of the film that “disrespected the source material”.  Well let me introduce you to the only hero actually deserving of such devotion.  Verse two, “The works of the LORD are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.”  The Bible is the all time best-selling book ever, and yes it actually can be found in comic book form, at least for the narrative parts.  Verse seven, “The works of His hands are verity (truth) and justice; all His precepts are sure.”  Hmm, truth and justice sounds very superhero-ey, but since America is not quite even 250 years old yet, it would actually cheapen God’s work to try and squeeze the “American Way” in behind truth and justice, but check John 3:16 if you want confirmation of His commitment to saving the world.  But what about action figures?  He has a very strict policy about carved or molded images, but that just means WE aren’t allowed to make any action figures, but if you look “In the beginning” of Genesis, He says “Let Us make man in Our own image”  We ARE the God action figures.  We ARE the body of Christ.  We ARE the hands and feet of God.

Lex Luther is quoted as saying, “No good comes from hero worship”  That is because no OTHER hero actually deserves to be worshipped, but here is one that deserves all of the worship, and so I will end this commentary the same way the psalm begins, “Praise the LORD!”

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