The A, B, C’s of Praise

Intentional Faith

In the original Hebrew, Psalms 111 and 112 are alphabetic acrostics. Each line begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet from A to Z. This structure communicated the idea of completeness. The psalmist wanted to praise God from A to Z.

Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.Psalm 112:1

Psalms 111 and 112 both begin with “Hallelujah,” which means “praise the Lord!” Psalm 111 reflects on the mighty works of God from the Bible, but especially on Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. God provided manna and quail for them to eat (v. 5). He was “gracious and compassionate” (v. 4). Because God has been faithful, we can trust His word (v. 7). The psalmist reminds us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (v. 10). The word fear here does not mean terror or fright. Rather…

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