While they treat with contempt and dishonor, You will bless; they rise up and are ashamed; but Your servant will be glad. Psalm 109:28 Sometimes we have to "step over" our anger, our jealousy, our feelings of rejection and move on. The temptation is to get stuck in our negative emotions, poking around in them as if we belong there. Henri Nouwen, 1932-96, Dutch priest, professor, writer

Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2 The works of God are ofttimes not apprehended or minded; as a result they are mistaken and misconstrued. Matthew Poole, 1624-79, English theologian

The works of His hands are truth and justice; All His precepts are sure. Psalm 111:7 We search the world for truth and fairness; We cull the good, the pure, the beautiful; And as weary seekers of the best, We come back laden from our quest, To find that all the sages said, Is in the Book our mothers read. John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807-92

The fear (awe and respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 111:10a Reason, as it exists in man, is only our intellectual eye, and it needs the light of heaven to see clearly and far. Saint Augustine of Hippo 354-430

A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.. Psalm 111:10b When we trust the Lord to do what He says; we experience joy and new insights that we would not have had otherwise. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Winter 2008