What is said of God is said of the righteous—Psa 111 and 112

This song follows immediately upon the last in meaning. While that has set forth the praises of Jehovah as great and gracious, this declares the blessedness of the man who lives in true relation with Jehovah. The connection is clearly seen in the relation of the closing verse of the former, “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom,” to the opening verse in this, “Blessed is the man that feareth Jehovah.”

The remarkable thing about this psalm is the way in which describing the blessed condition of the man who fears Jehovah it uses words which the previous psalm used in describing Jehovah. Of Jehovah the psalmist said:

His righteousness endures for ever.

Of the man who fears he says:

His righteousness endures for ever.

Jehovah is declared to be “gracious and full of compassion.” So also is the upright man. The relation of these psalms sets forth truth which is of perpetual application. A man becomes like his God. When a man’s God is blessed, the man also is blessed. To have a great God is to become a great man. True wisdom consists in the maintenance of right relationships with the one God. True happiness consists in becoming like Him who is at once great and gracious.

—G. Campbell Morgan, An Exposition of the Whole Bible (Revell) 263-64.

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