A Season of Psalms - Psalm 111:2-4
“Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In 1951, Kellogg’s was searching for a cartoon mascot to introduce its new Frosted Flakes cereal. Several graphic artists submitted their renderings, and the list of mascots was narrowed to these four: Tony the Tiger, Katy the Kangaroo, Elmo the Elephant, and Newt the Gnu. After a year, Tony the Tiger was declared the new face of Frosted Flakes (consequently, the other mascots never graced a cereal box). A group of Disney animators brought Tony to life, and voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft gave voice to the animated tiger whose signature catchphrase was “They’re grrrrrrrrreat!”
Though Frosted Flakes are great, they pale mightily in comparison to the great works of God in Psalm 111. The psalm is a testimony to the greatness of God, and everything God has done elicits praise and study by all who take delight in His works. He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant and the inheritance He has promised to His people. He has sent redemption in the person and work of Christ Jesus, and He has caused all of His wondrous works to be remembered by etching them in the hearts and minds of His people who have witnessed and experienced His great power. He is full of splendor and majesty, and His righteousness will endure forever.
How do we respond to such marvelous acts? I love the chorus of “To God Be the Glory”: “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son, and give Him the glory—great things He hath done!” The heavens declare the glory of God; for what can you praise Him today?
Further Reading: Romans 5:1-11; Ephesians 2:11-22
Pray with me:
God of wonders beyond our galaxy, You are holy. The universe declares Your majesty. You are the Lord of heaven and earth, and I give You all my worship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.