In Psalm 111, we read about God’s marvelous works. The chapter praises the Lord for what he has done, describes his works using words like “splendor and majesty” and “They are…performed with faithfulness and uprightness”, and gives examples of what God has done. This Psalm is a beautiful account of how gracious and merciful (v. 4) God is because he most certainly, being perfectly holy, does not have to do anything for us.
Of all the works God has done for us, the greatest is written about in verse 9:
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The greatest work God ever did was saving a sinful, fallen, broken people. Notice four things in this verse. First, God is the one who sent redemption. No one else. He alone gets the glory for salvation just as he gets credit for all of his other works. Second, who did God send redemption to? He sent it to his people. He did not just send it to everyone, rather he had a particular people he was sending it to. “In love he predestined us for adoption” through his Son. God sent redemption to a people. Third, God’s redeeming of a people is grounded in a covenant that will last forever. The reason that perseverance of the saints (or assurance of salvation) is biblical lies in the fact that the gospel is God-centered, not man-centered. It starts with God and it ends with God. God is not a promise-breaker; he is a promise-keeper. Man can do nothing to get into the covenant or get out of the covenant. Finally, notice the psalmists response: “Holy and awesome is his name!” Because of God’s redemption and covenant, we should glory in who God is and all that he is for us in Christ. Our response should be praise and worship in every facet of our lives.
All this would be impossible without Jesus. This Psalm is simply preparatory for the work of Christ. It is supposed to point us to the greater covenant that God will make through his Son. So many times in the Old Testament, God promised his people an everlasting covenant. Eternal redemption and covenant is found in no one else but Jesus. Holy and awesome is his name!