[Psalms 111:1] PRAISE YE THE LORD. I WILL PRAISE THE LORD WITH MY WHOLE HEART, IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE UPRIGHT, AND IN THE CONGREGATION.
HEART. Hebrew "Levav". The usual word for heart is "lev" which gives us the English word "love".
Here the second syllable is doubled giving us "levav". In Rabbinical Exegesis this represents the whole heart meaning all the passions and inclinations, the good and the bad impulses, as pointed out by the Mairi. God must be praised and acknowledged even with those traits of ours that are normally considered negative.
[Psalms 111:2] THE WORKS OF THE LORD ARE GREAT, SOUGHT OUT OF ALL THEM THAT HAVE PLEASURE THEREIN.
We should take advantage of the knowledge available to us concerning the creation, nature, science, etc. God has given us these gifts to use them and to appreciate what HE has done for us.
[Psalms 111:3] HIS WORK IS HONOURABLE AND GLORIOUS: AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURETH FOR EVER.
Not only in nature but also in history, in the affairs of nations, and in our own families and personal life we can learn to appreciate the greatness of the Almighty.
[Psalms 111:4] HE HATH MADE HIS WONDERFUL WORKS TO BE REMEMBERED: THE LORD IS GRACIOUS AND FULL OF COMPASSION.
God has mercy on us. How often have we made serious mistakes? How many times have we not acted as we should have? Everyone has done things they regret having done. Nevertheless if we long back and look around us we see that very often the Almighty has let us keep going and given us a good life to enjoy or at least the opportunity to achieve such a way of living.
[Psalms 111:5] HE HATH GIVEN MEAT UNTO THEM THAT FEAR HIM: HE WILL EVER BE MINDFUL OF HIS COVENANT.
MEAT. Hebrew "teref". This word literally connotes "something which is torn off, snatched". Wild animals "teraif" their prey. That is why in Hebrew forbidden meat is called "treifah" since the meat of an animal that has been killed in a non-kosher manner or was mortally sick is forbidden.
We may understand this expression in two ways.
S. R. Hirsch says that those who fear God will be GIVEN their provisions from HIM whereas they who sin will be as if to say "snatching" them since they do not deserve them.
Alternately, when God gives us something we should grab it up and use it well since HE gives us what HE does for a purpose and will expect us to give a reckoning for it.
GIVEN. Daat Mikra says that the Hebrew Past tense used here actually has a formation renfdering it like the English Imperfect i.e. it should be translated "He gives, or He is Giving".
Fear God and HE will look after you.
[Psalms 111:6] HE HATH SHEWED HIS PEOPLE THE POWER OF HIS WORKS, THAT HE MAY GIVE THEM THE HERITAGE OF THE HEATHEN.
We must be aware of the Creator, that God rules the world. The Almighty has chosen HIS people Israel for HIS own reasons. We are not necessarily better than others. On the contrary, we all know non-Israelite people who in their private life and conduct often have a lot we should learn from. Nevertheless God chose the Israelite Peoples. He chose Judah. And HE Chose the Ten Tribes. Each section has its own task.
Read our books on this subject:
"Role to Rule. The Task of Joseph"
"Joseph - The Israelite Destiny of America"
These two works deal with a similar theme but they are quite different in scope and treatment of the subject.
"Role to Rule. The Task of Joseph" discussed the Duties of Joseph today in the light of Scripture, History, and Contemprary Affairs.
"Joseph - The Israelite Destiny of America" concentrates on discussing the Tribal Constituents of the American Peoples and how Manasseh is the predominant element amongst them though Ephraim is also present and of great importance.
At all events, we as Israelites have our own tasks in this world.
This task in effect entails ruling over other nations and interposing our own will in their decisions.
Some people may consider this as not exactly moral.
It is contrary to our basic instincts and what we have been taught since childhood concerning the innate dignity of every human being and their natural rights.
The US in effect interferes in the affairs in the affairs of others all the time but it likes to delude itself that this is done for the sake of Democracy and in "democratic" manner.
God chose us. HE knows more than us. HE is greater than all else. HE gave us a task to fulfill.
[Psalms 111:7] THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS ARE VERITY AND JUDGMENT; ALL HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE SURE.
COMMANDMENTS. Hebrew "pekudav" connoting "decrees" or "appointed tasks" rather commandments.
[Psalms 111:8] THEY STAND FAST FOR EVER AND EVER, AND ARE DONE IN TRUTH AND UPRIGHTNESS.
[Psalms 111:9] HE SENT REDEMPTION UNTO HIS PEOPLE: HE HATH COMMANDED HIS COVENANT FOR EVER: HOLY AND REVEREND IS HIS NAME.
God redeemed and sent us the means of Salvation. We have to do HIS will. HIS covenant with us is eternal and never changed.
[Psalms 111:10] THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM: A GOOD UNDERSTANDING HAVE ALL THEY THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS: HIS PRAISE ENDURETH FOR EVER.
THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS: This is not in the Hebrew but apparently the Translator assumed it was implied. Instead of "HIS COMMANDMENTS" there should be written "THEM".
The Hebrew says:
A GOOD UNDERSTANDING HAVE ALL THEY THAT DO THEM.
A GOOD UNDERSTANDING. Sekel Tov. "Tov" means "good" and "Sekel" is translated as "UNDERSTANDING". S.R. Hirsch points out the two words here together connote a higher understanding that can only be achieved by practical fulfillment, by doing. This is where the English word "skill" comes from, from "sekel".
If we begin to do what we must, to fulfill the task given us by the Almighty, then we may achieve an inkling of the wisdom behind it.