The popularity of ingratitude and irreverence can be easily seen in society today; however, its folly may not be as readily apparent. Therefore, Psalm 111 is most helpful. It is a brief tutorial on why such attitudes and actions are foolish.
Its first verse expresses the psalmist’s determination to praise God wholeheartedly and unashamedly—”Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.” Its final verse explains the wisdom of such actions—“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (v. 10).
Sandwiched between the first and final verses is a meaty description of the Lord’s enduring praiseworthiness. Because of His wonderful works towards His people, the wisdom of praising Jehovah is clearly seen. Here, it is written, “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. He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name” (vv. 2-9).
The choice is unmistakably plain: You can be wise by praising Jehovah for His wonderful works, OR you can be foolish by neglecting to praise and obey Him.
Which option will you choose today?