2849. Remembering God’s Works

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Remembering God’s Works

No. 2849-49:445. A Sermon Delivered On Thursday Evening, October 4, 1877, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.

A Sermon Published On Thursday, September 17, 1903.

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 always be mindful of his covenant. {Ps 111:4,5}

 For other sermons on this text:
   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2681, “Covenant Blessings” 2682}
   {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 3261, “Covenant, The” 3263}
   Exposition on Ps 111 {See Spurgeon_Sermons No. 2849, “Remembering God’s Works” 2850 @@ "Exposition"}

1. God’s works are, of course, wonderful because they are his works, but they are not “a nine days’ wonder.” They are not intended to be admired for a little while, and then to be forgotten. The psalmist says, “He has made his wonderful works to be remembered.” I fear that we too often fail to remember God’s very great goodness, and that we allow the works of the Lord, as well as his mercies, to lie “forgotten in unthankfulness.” If it has been so, in the past, with any of us, let us, at the outset of our meditation, begin to chide ourselves for our forgetfulness, and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen our memories so that we may remember the wonderful works of the Lord more than we have done.

2. Our subject is twofold; first, it is God’s intention that his wonderful works should be remembered; and, secondly, it is our wisdom to constantly remember those wonderful works.


4. He has ensured the carrying out of this intention, for, first, the very greatness of his works prevents them from being forgotten. When God has come out, out of his secret places, to work redemption for his people with a high hand and an outstretched arm, he has accomplished such mighty marvels that all history has been made to ring with the news of them. Is it possible that Israel could ever forget what the Lord did in Egypt when he struck the hosts of their oppressors, and brought out his people with a great deliverance? Could they ever forget the amazing scene at the Red Sea, when Pharaoh and all his army sank like lead in the surging waters that had stood upright, like massive walls, to make a way for the ransomed hosts to escape. There were other events, in the conquest of Canaan, and in the life of David, which must have been, through their extraordinary character, burned for ever into the memory of God’s ancient people; and, truly, you and I can say, of many of God’s works on our behalf, that they have been so great that it would be quite impossible for us to forget them. Do you remember your conversion, beloved friend? Perhaps, you were a great and obvious sinner and the change in you was so remarkable that you can easily remember the time when it occurred, and it would not be possible for Satan himself to make you doubt that such a change happened to you. You remember, my brother, when the load of your guilt was removed from your burdened heart. I can imagine that I could forget my own name, and that I could forget my own sons, but I think I never could, under any circumstances, forget the day when I began to sing to my dear Lord and Saviour, —

    I will praise thee every day
    Now thine anger’s turned away.

5. It was such a marvellous thing — so wonderful a thing in itself — so altogether extraordinary that it could never, never, never be forgotten. “He has made his wonderful works to be remembered” because they are so wonderful. Study deeply what sovereign grace has done for you, so that you may see the greatness of the mercy, and admire it, for, very much in proportion as you appraise the mercy of God at its proper value, you will be sure to have it fixed in your memory all your life.

6. God made his wonderful works to be remembered, in the next place, because of the people on whom those works were performed. There is many a man, who would soon forget all he hears about the favour of God, because he is not conscious of his own need of it; but when a person is, spiritually, in an extremely anxious state of mind and heart, and God’s great mercy comes to him, he is sure to remember it. You remember that the Israelites were in Egypt as a nation of slaves, so that, when God brought them out, — the serfs of the brick-kiln, — the men who were driven to their daily tasks by the oppressors’ whips, — the poor slaves who were denied even the straw with which to make the bricks, — well, when they were divinely delivered, at the very time when Pharaoh’s tyranny had become utterly unbearable, they could not possibly forget how they had been delivered. That day of their emancipation became the beginning of months for them, and they numbered their years from it, for, to poor oppressed Israel, it was like life from the dead. At the present time, in a spiritual sense, God, in his mercy, intervenes on behalf of those who are in a similar condition to that of Israel in Egypt. You remember how Hannah sang, “He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory.” That dunghill would help the beggar’s memory; he would say, “How can I forget that I was thrown away there like a worthless thing? In my own estimation, I was a rotten, worthless, useless thing, fit only to be thrown among the rubbish of creation; but the Lord suddenly appeared to me, and lifted me up, and set me among the princes of his people. Can I ever forget that? Let the bride forget her ornaments, and let my right hand forget her cunning, but never can my soul forget how the Lord brought me up out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings.” Some of us were mere wrecks of humanity; yawning chasms gaped beneath us, and we thought that we would be speedily swallowed up; but we cried to the Lord in our trouble, and he brought us to a quiet haven. Can we ever forget his wonderful works? We were severely sick; our soul abhorred all kinds of food, and we drew near to the gates of the grave; but the good Physician came, and restored us from all our sicknesses just when death stared us in the face. Beloved brothers and sisters, I feel certain that I can appeal to many of you, and say that you were in such a plight as this when the Lord revealed himself to you. Such was your distress, and the abject condition in which you were, that, for you to forget what the Lord did for you would be such base ingratitude that I cannot believe that it is possible. Surely, you feel that you must remember him, and that a woman might sooner forget her nursing child than that you should forget the wonderful works which the Lord your God has accomplished for you.

7. Besides this, the Lord took care that his wonderful works should be remembered by putting them on record in the Scriptures. The five Books of Moses, the Pentateuch, are the divinely-inspired record of the wonderful works which God did for his people in the very early times of the world’s history. The pen of inspiration was carefully employed in order that what God had done might be written down for all future generations to read. This blessed Book has made the wonderful works of God to be remembered for all time; it was written for that very purpose. It tells the unique story of the eternal love of God for us; it also tells us the wonderful story of love incarnate in the Christ of Bethlehem, and further tells us how he died, and how he rose again, and how he lives in heaven to plead for us as our great Intercessor before the throne. Let us bless him more and more for these sacred pages in which he makes his wonderful works to be remembered; and I venture to suggest to you beloved, that it is good, when God performs any work of mercy for you, that you should cause it to be remembered in a similar way. Much of God’s praise is never made known on this earth for lack of a ready pen to record the gracious experiences of his people. The keeping of a diary is very apt to lead to a stilted form of piety. If a man feels that he must put something down every day, he is very liable to put down what is not true. He may think it is true even when it is really false. But the recording of the many special mercies that we receive from God appears to me to be a duty which we owe to our age, and also to our successors. If some of the wonderful deliverances, which are recorded in the biographies of the saints, had not been written down at the time, we should have been great losers; and if we have anything worth recording, — and I think we have, — even if we do not care to write it down to be seen by the public eye, yet, at least, let us record it for the sake of the little circle in which we live and move, so that, perhaps, some of our descendants, or some of our friends, may gather comfort from our personal experience of God’s mercy. “He has made his wonderful works to be remembered.” Let us act in harmony with this grand design, and preserve the memory of the Lord’s great goodness to us.

8. Moreover in order to preserve the memory of his wonderful works, God was pleased to command his people to teach their children to remember what he had done for them. In addition to the inspired records, he told them to make their children’s memories into books of remembrance. Jewish fathers were commanded to call their children together, and tell them how the Lord brought them out of Egypt, how he led them through the wilderness, and how he gave them the land of Canaan to be their own possession. They were to teach their children, and their children’s children, the wonderful story of the Lord’s dealings with them; and we ought to be concerned to hand down, from father to son, the memory of God’s great goodness to us. Tell your own children if you cannot tell anyone else, what God has done for their father. Sitting around the fire in the evening, your children might often be, not merely interested, but instructed and impressed by the narrative of God’s providential dealings with you. Possibly, the story might not read well in print; but never mind that, for there will be an interest about it for your own household; so, be sure that you tell it. My memory recalls, at this very moment, many a pleasing incident from what my grandfather told me concerning his early struggles in the ministry, and the providential interventions of God on his behalf. Perhaps he might as well have written them down, but he did not; I think that, possibly, he knew that he had a living book within his grandchild’s brain, and that the boy might, in later days, tell others what his grandfather had told him. At any rate, I earnestly exhort all Christians to make God’s wonderful works to be remembered wherever they can, and do it specially by telling your children what you have experienced of his goodness. Do not die, oh you grey heads, — you who have passed your threescore years and ten, — do not pass away from this earth with all those pleasant memories of God’s lovingkindness to be buried with you in your coffin; but let your children, and your children’s children, know what the everlasting God did for you.

9. Once more, in order to make his wonderful works to be remembered, the Lord was pleased to institute certain ordinances to keep them in the minds of his people. To preserve the memory of the deliverance out of Egypt, there was the significant rite of the passover. On that night when God brought his people out of the house of bondage, it was the blood of the paschal lamb that protected each house that was sprinkled with it, and so Israel afterwards always kept the passover in memory of that night when God said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” And you know how our blessed Redeemer has given us the institution of the Lord’s supper, saying, “Do this in remembrance of me,” — that the atonement, that great master-fact of the Christian religion might always be fresh on our memories, and Christ visibly presented crucified among us as though it were only yesterday; for, if anything may be forgotten, it must not be Gethsemane, and Gabbatha, and Calvary. Beloved, take care that you attend carefully to that sacred memorial. If I am addressing any true believers in Christ, who, nevertheless, have so far been disobedient to their Lord’s command, “This do in remembrance of me,” I would solemnly ask them to be disobedient no longer. I am sure, beloved, you miss a great privilege, and I am equally sure that you are omitting a very sacred duty by not obeying your Lord’s command. If it is right for you, as a believer in Christ, to stay away from your Master’s table, it is also right for me, and right for all God’s servants; if we all did so, there would be no celebration of the Lord’s supper anywhere; and, so, what our Saviour, in his divine wisdom, instituted for a memorial, would cease to be. Perhaps you say that you are not a church member; if so, I reply that, if you are a Christian, you ought to be a member of Christ’s visible church on earth; for, if you have a right not to be a member, I have a right not to be one, and so have all the people of God; and, so, the Church of God, as an organization in the world, would cease to exist. Who is to maintain the ministry of the Word? Who is to keep up the ordinances of God’s house if all his people break up into separate grains of sand instead of being living stones built up into his spiritual temple? “He has made his wonderful works to be remembered”; so, join with him in that sacred purpose, and, in observing the ordinances instituted by your Lord, illustrated, in your baptism, your death, burial, and resurrection with him; and, in the memorial supper, remember his death until he comes.

10. So I have shown you how God has made his wonderful works to be remembered, and I press it on the heart and conscience of all the Lord’s people to see that their memory is happily burdened with the memory of God’s mercy. Study diligently, in the biblical record, what he did in the olden times. Learn, from Church History, what he has done from the days of Christ’s sojourn on the earth until now. But especially remember what he has done for you, and often say, “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul.” Abundantly utter the memory of God’s great goodness. The Lord’s children should not be dumb. Worldlings are noisy enough in praising their false gods; often, they make night hideous, and startle us from our sleep as they sing the songs of Bacchus, or Mars, or other heathen deities. Then, shall the children of God be silent, and allow his mercies to lie forgotten in unthankfulness? No, no; but write their record on your doors, let it be seen on the walls of your houses, proclaim the glad news wherever you go, tell it even to unwilling ears, and say, again and again, “The Lord is good, and his mercy endures for ever; I can speak with confidence on this matter, for in my experience I have proved it to be so.” Facts like these are among the best arguments to silence infidel doubts and Satanic temptations. Tell the sceptics what God has done for you, and ask them whether unbelief can work such wonders for them. You, poor widow, with your seven little children, tell them how you took your troubles to the Lord, and he helped you, so that you know that there is a God, for you rested, and your family rested, on him, in your great sorrow, and he upheld and delivered you. Tell them — you who have been sick, and in poverty, and who cried to God, and he helped you, — tell them that you know that there is a God who hears prayer. Tell them — you who are rejoicing in God with unspeakable joy, and who often feel so happy that you scarcely can bear the great delight, — tell them that God still lifts up the light of his countenance on his people; and if they sneer at you, tell them that you are as honest as they are, and that they have as much reason to believe your word as you have to believe theirs. Pit your experience against their arguments; lay your facts over against their fallacies; and, in this way, you shall become valiant soldiers for the truth as it is in Jesus.

11. II. Now, secondly, IT IS WISDOM ON OUR PART TO REMEMBER THESE WONDERFUL WORKS OF THE LORD, for the effect on our minds will be useful in many ways.

12. First, it will assure us of the Lord’s mercy and compassion. Read the next sentence of the text: “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion”; — gracious, that is, to the sinful, full of compassion, that is, to the weak and to the sorrowful. If we remember the wonderful works of God, our experience will prove the truth of the text. How gracious the Lord was to sinful Israel! When they rebelled against him, and murmured at him, he still performed great wonders for them; he fed them with manna from heaven; and brought them meat to eat, and guided them by his fiery, cloudy pillar. He would not let their sin turn away his grace, but he still loved them. Does not your life, beloved, prove to you that God is very gracious to you, forgiving your sin, overlooking your infirmities, and bearing long with you? I want you to notice that it has been so in your own life; because, then, when you meet a poor trembling sinner, you can say to him, or to her, “I know that God is very gracious, for he has been gracious to me”; you can tell the man with a troubled conscience that Christ can ease it, for he has eased yours. You can tell how your great sin was taken away by Christ’s great atonement; and you can comfort those who are burdened, and bowed down, by saying, “He did all this for me; and though, to my shame, I have to confess that I have often grieved him, he has never left me, nor forsaken me. Even when I have lost the light of his countenance, through my own fault, yet, when I have mourned over my guilt, he has beamed on me again. In great mercy he has dealt with me, and he has been wonderfully gracious to me.” Such testimony as that will be a great encouragement to others; as they hear what the Lord has done for you, they will be led by the Spirit of God to turn to him so that the same favour may be displayed towards them.

13. Remember also the great compassion of the Lord. I hope your own life has shown you how very tender he is towards those who trust him, even as the psalmist says, “Just as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him.” I can remember how, in a time of terrible depression of spirit and of intense anguish of pain, I cast myself on my God with that text in my mouth. I said to him, “Oh Lord, I am your child; and if any child of mine were pained as I am, and I could take away his pain, I would do so. You are my Father; prove your fatherliness by easing me, or else by strengthening my frail spirit to endure all this agony.” I can even now recall the wonderful relief that came over both body and mind when I had pleaded like that before God; and I, therefore, speak with confidence of his fulness of compassion, for I have tried it, and proved it for myself, and I invite all who are bowed down to do as I did. Some of you may be in great distress of mind, — a distress out of which no fellow creature can deliver you, — you poor nervous people at whom others often laugh. I can assure you that God will not laugh at you; he knows all about that sad complaint of yours, so I urge you to go to him, for the experience of many of us has taught us that “the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” Just as a mother comforts her children so will he comfort you. He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax; so go to him in all the weakness of your deep contrition, and you shall find a mother’s heart in the bosom of Jesus, something more tender than a man’s heart could ever be. Flee away to your God this very hour; our own experience leads us to urge you to do so, does it not, brothers and sisters in Christ? If this were the time and place, and we could turn this service into an experience meeting, would not many of you rise, and say, “It is even so,” as you remembered God’s wonderful works to you? Would you not say, “Yes, truly he is the God of grace, gracious and full of compassion?”

14. The next result that this memory will have on our mind is this. It will make us consider and acknowledge the divine bounty to us throughout all our lives. Observe what the psalmist says next: “He has given food to those who fear him.” Now, as we remember that, — as the Israelites might have remembered how they had abundance of food even in the wilderness, — we shall be led to think of what poor creatures we must be to be so dependent on our God. We should not have been alive if he had not fed us. How poor we all are in our natural condition! I heard one say of another, who had grown to be a rich man, — and it was said in a wicked, envious spirit, — I remember the time when he did not have two shirts for his back, and I said to him, “And your mother remembers the time when you had none.” There is not much for the richest man to boast about; men boast in their possessions, and they talk about others, who are poor, as though they were to be despised. There is not a man alive who has not had to be indebted to God for the breath in his nostrils. We owe everything to him; and in looking back on our spiritual career, we have to say, “He has given food to those who fear him.” We have had to receive from the Lord the daily food that our souls have required; in temporal things and in spiritual, we have been pensioners at his gate, — beggars totally dependent on his bounty. We have not been able to provide for ourselves one morsel of the bread of heaven. The Lord has had to give us all that we have had all through our whole life, both physically and spiritually. He has not only given food to his people once or twice, but all their lives. The food you eat to nourish your body, and the spiritual food on which your soul has been fed, have been continually given to you. Have you ever counted how many meals you have eaten from the first day until now? Have you ever thought of the great supply of spiritual food that you have received from the Lord? The queen of Sheba was astonished at the provision that Solomon made for his household for a single day; but oh, what wonderful provision Christ has made for you! He has given you, spiritually, his flesh to eat, and his blood to drink. He has given you, even in superabundance, the riches of his grace, and he will, in due time, give you the riches of his glory. Do not fail to remember his wonderful works, in order that, while you realize your absolute dependence on him, you may also see how he has continually supplied all your needs, so that you have lacked nothing from the first day even until now. He has prepared a table before you in the presence of your enemies, and he has made you to lie down in green pastures, and led you beside the still waters.

15. Remember, too, the circumstances under which some of you have been fed. It was a great wonder when God furnished a table in the wilderness; and it has been a wonder, to some of you, where your daily bread has come from, has it not? I can look back on the past history of some of you, and note how trying your circumstances have been; yet all your real needs have been supplied. You often woke up, in the morning, feeling very much like the little birds that do not know where their breakfast is to be found; but I hope that you, like the little birds, began to sing even before you found your breakfast, for you found it. I love, in the winter, to see the robins sit on the bare boughs, and yet sing. It is easy enough to sing in spring-time when all the birds are singing; but it is not so easy to sit on the bare boughs, and still praise the Lord; still, you should do even that, for you have been fed up until now, have you not? You know that ancient promise, “Food shall be given him; his waters shall be certain”; and that promise has been fulfilled in your experience. Sometimes, perhaps, you have attended a ministry where your soul has been almost starved, and you have not known where to look for the spiritual food that you needed to make you grow. Yet, you are still alive, for the Lord Jesus himself has fed you. “Not by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” has your soul been nourished; so, bless him, and praise his holy name, this very hour, and do not let the memory of his great goodness ever be forgotten by you.

16. Then remember, dear brethren, the variety of supplies that you have had. “He has given food to those who fear him”; — he has given to you all kinds of spiritual food. When you were a child, you fed on the simple doctrines of the Word; but, since then, your Lord has given you solid food so that you may become a man in Christ Jesus. In all conditions, you have had food suitable for you. At some stages of your spiritual history, it was not every ministry that could meet your needs. You could not listen with profit to this man or that; but the Lord himself fed you with his Word, and you had many a choice morsel while you were reading your morning chapter, and it seemed as if every verse in that chapter had been written especially for you, or as if the ink were still wet on the page, and that the love-letter came to you fresh from your dear Father’s hand. So he has, many a time, given food to you who fear him. Blessed be his holy name, not one good thing has failed of all that he has promised. Have you ever lacked anything? Has your Lord been a wilderness to you, — a land of barrenness? No; you have lived in a land flowing with milk and honey, and you have been fed to the full. Do not forget this, but tell this story to others. Tell it to your poorer neighbours; tell it to poor saints when they are in low water; tell it to the poor distressed children of God who cannot feed on the Word; tell them that their Heavenly Father will never let them die of starvation, for God, who feeds the ravens and the sparrows, will surely not allow his own children to starve.

17. There is another thing to be learned from the memory of God’s goodness. It is intended to assure us of his faithfulness. “He will always be mindful of his covenant,” is the last clause of our text. The Lord never forgot the covenant he made with Abraham. Often, when he might, otherwise, have destroyed Israel, he remembered that covenant, and he turned aside his wrath; and do you think he will ever forget the covenant which he has made with his only-begotten Son, — a covenant signed, and sealed, and ratified, “in all things ordered well,” — a covenant confirmed by the sacrifice of his well-beloved Son, — a covenant which he signed with his own blood, and which is to stand firm for ever and ever? No, he cannot be false to his oath; he cannot lie, he must perform what he has promised. “Has he said, and shall he not do it?” All the past history of our lives goes to show that God is faithful, and will be faithful even to the end. I have never met a child of God, whose experience did not go to confirm the fidelity of God. “You are my witnesses,” says the Lord, and if he were to call me into the witness-box, and I may say that, if he were to call many of you, your witness would be very straightforward, — very plain, — very clear, — very definite. You would say, “He keeps his covenant for ever and ever.” He is not forgetful of the pledge which he gave to David, and to David’s Lord; therefore, go forward with unwavering confidence in him; do not doubt, nor be discouraged, but rejoice in him, and trust him for evermore.

18. The last thing that this memory of God’s wonderful works ought to do for us is to make us praise him. This Psalm begins with, “Praise the Lord,” and it finishes up with “His praise endures for ever.” Well, beloved, the memory of his great goodness is intended to make us praise him for ever and ever, so let us begin to do it at once. Do not go out of this place sorrowful; let your memory of God’s goodness move you to praise him. If you have no present reason for joy, as far as you can see, think of the past mercies that you have received. If everything looks gloomy on ahead, remember how the Lord has helped you in all the steps you have already trodden. Give him a grateful song this very hour. Smooth those wrinkles from your brow. Let your eyelids no longer hang down with heaviness, but say in your soul, “The Lord has dealt well with his servants, according to his Word; therefore we will praise him with our whole heart in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.” I frequently exhort you to praise the Lord because I feel how necessary it is, and because we shall soon be in heaven; and therefore, it is good to be holding frequent rehearsals here of what is to be our everlasting song.

19. Now I turn to the unconverted, and say, — Dear friends, from our own experience, we can tell you that, to serve God is a blessed thing. He is a grand Master; there is no one like him. He makes his servants blessed for ever. He never leaves them, nor forsakes them; therefore, come, and put your trust in him. Hide yourself under the shadow of his wings; and, then, you too shall be able to say, even as we do, “He is faithful; his mercy endures for ever.” May God bless you, for Christ’s sake! Amen.

Exposition By C. H. Spurgeon {Ps 111}

1. Praise the LORD.

Or, “Hallelujah,” — “Praise be to Jehovah.” “Praise the Lord.” I invite all Christians to give good heed to this injunction; whether others praise him, or not, you “Praise the Lord.” Do it now: do it always, do it heartily, do it instead of what you sometimes do, namely, doubt him, murmur at him, rebel against him: you “Praise the Lord.” You who are beginning the Christian life, praise him for your regeneration. You who have long continued in it, praise him for sustaining you. You who are the most ready for heaven, begin now the praises that will never, never end.

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

It is always good when a preacher practises what he preaches. David does that here: you “Praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord.” One of the best ways of enforcing an exhortation is to practically obey it: you “Praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord.” But when a man becomes an example to others, he should be very careful to set a good example. Hence, the psalmist not only says that he will praise the Lord, but that he will do it heartily, yes, with his whole heart. Such a God as Jehovah is, is worthy of all the praise we can give him. We ought to praise him with all our thought, with all our skill, with all our love, with all our zeal, with all our heart, with our whole heart. David tells us that he would render this praise both among the choice and select company of God’s people, “in the assembly of the upright,” and also in the larger congregation, where a more mixed multitude would be found. Brethren, praise is never out of place, and never out of season. If you are with a little company of two or three choice Christian friends, praise the Lord in their midst. Tell them your experience, and bless the name of the Lord for his grace and mercy; but if you should be in a larger assembly, where the characters of some may be doubtful, do not be abashed, but still continue to praise the Lord.

2. The works of the LORD are great, —

They are great in number, in size, in purpose, and in effect. Even when God makes a little thing, it is great because of the wisdom displayed in making it. The microscope has taught us the greatness of God in creating tiny creatures of amazing beauty, yet so small as not to be perceptible to the naked eye: “The works of the Lord are great,” —

2. Studied by all who have pleasure in them.

If we take pleasure in a man, we also take pleasure in his works, we like to see what he has made; and, in the same way, the saints of God take pleasure in his works. They revel in the beauties of creation; they delight to study his wisdom in providence; but, best of all, they are most charmed with the wonders of divine grace. These works are so marvellous that a mere surface glance at them is not sufficient; you need to search them out, — to dig deep in the mines of God’s wisdom as seen in his works, — to try to find out the secret motive of his everlasting purposes; and, the more you study them, the more they will grow. Some things impress you at first with greater significance than they do afterwards; but the works of God are so great that, if you look at them throughout your whole lifetime, they will continue to grow even greater.

3. His work —

I suppose the psalmist means God’s chief work, his grand work of grace: “His work” —

3. Is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endures for ever.

The work of God is full of grace, and it is full of honour and glory to his blessed name; and every single portion of the work of grace is full of what overflows to the honour and glory of the Triune Jehovah. I hope, dear friends, that you delight to study the whole plan of saving mercy, from its initiation in the eternal purpose to its culmination in the gathering together of all the people of God. If you do, you will see that, all through, it “is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endures for ever.” Since it endured Calvary, it may well endure for ever. Though the Lord Jesus Christ purposed to save his people, he would not do it by sacrificing his righteousness. He fulfilled righteousness to the utmost, by his perfect life, and by his suffering even to death; and, now, we are quite sure that no further strain will ever be put on that divine attribute. “His righteousness endures for ever.”

4. He has made his wonderful works to be remembered:

Do not be forgetful of God’s wonderful works. They are made on purpose to be remembered; so, treasure them up, for they are worthy of being held in everlasting memory.

4. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion.

This is what his people always find to be true whenever they read the history of his works. The thought that strikes them is, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” If any of you long to be at peace with God, however far you may have wandered from him, he is ready to receive you if you will only return to him, for he “is gracious and full of compassion” — not merely tender-hearted, but full of graciousness. He abounds with thoughts of love towards his people; come, and try him for yourselves.

5. He has given food to those who fear him: he will always be mindful of his covenant.

The needs of all his people are always supplied by him. He finds food both for body and soul, and you may rest assured that every promise of his covenant will be faithfully kept. You may forget it, but he will not: “he will always be mindful of his covenant,” — and mindful of you because of that covenant, — mindful of your heavy cares, — mindful of your bitter griefs, — mindful of your weakness and infirmity, because you are in his covenant, and he is mindful of it.

6. He has shown his people the power of his works,

He showed the Israelites what he could do, — what force he could throw into what he did; and he has shown to us, Christians, the same thing in another way, by the power of his gracious Spirit, blessing the preaching of his Word to the conversion of sinners, and maintaining the great fight against the dread powers of darkness: “He has shown his people the power of his works.”

6. That he may give them the inheritance of the heathen.

He gave to Israel the land of Canaan, where the heathen lived; and he will give to Christ, when he asks for them, the heathen for his inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession. Let us pray God to prove the power of his works in the subduing of the nations to Christ.

7. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; —

He never acts contrary to truth and righteousness. Even when he puts on his most terrible look, and strikes his enemies in his wrath, still, “the works of his hands are verity and judgment”; —

7, 8. All his commandments are sure. They stand firm for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.

Whatever God commands, — determines, — purposes, — you may rest assured that it will be accomplished; but his purposes are always accomplished, not by caprice, but by “truth and uprightness.” God is a Sovereign, doing as he wishes; but he never wishes to do anything that is inconsistent with justice, truth, and uprightness.

9. He sent redemption to his people:

He brought them up out of Egypt with a high hand and an outstretched arm, and he has sent redemption to us, first, by price, when he redeemed us from our guilt on the tree; and then by power, when the Holy Spirit came and broke our bands asunder, and set us free from the dominion of our sins.

9. He has commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.

His whole character commands our reverence because it is superlatively holy, and his name is to us a word of awe never to be mentioned flippantly, and never to be quoted without earnest thought and prostration of heart before him. I fear that there are some professors who use the name of God far too freely; they do not remember that “holy and reverend is his name.” I can hardly think that any man can be “reverend.” There are some who choose to be called by that title; I suppose they mean something less than the word means here: “Holy and reverend is his name,” — not mine, certainly.

10. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

It is the A B C of true wisdom. He who has learned to fear God has learned the first part of wisdom. According to some, the word “beginning” means here the chief, — the head, — the front, just as, often, in Scripture, “beginning” means that. “The fear of the Lord” is the chief part of “wisdom,” — the essence of it.

10. A good understanding have all those who do his commandments:

Practical goodness is the proof of a good understanding. A man may have an orthodox head, and yet not have a good understanding. A man may be able to talk very glibly about the commandments of God, and even to preach about them with considerable power; but it is the doing of them that is the main point.

10. His praise endures for ever.

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