A Short Study of Psalm 111:9
“He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name.”
Salvation is truly a glorious and marvelous thing. But its glory does not lie in our contributions and efforts. All glory resides in what God alone does for and gives to us by sovereign grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider:
God “sent redemption unto His people.” This is the GROUND of salvation accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ for the people the Father gave to Him before the world began. As their Surety, Substitute, and Redeemer, Christ obeyed unto the death of the cross to redeem them from sin. He paid the full price of redemption with His own precious blood. He alone secured their full salvation by the merit of His one sacrifice for sin – “For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14). It is because of this redemption by Christ that all of His people “receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:5). It is because we are His sons that “God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)
God “hath commanded His covenant for ever.” This is the SOURCE of salvation which is the everlasting covenant of grace made between God the Father and God the Son before the world began. God determined to save a people of His choice and gave them to His Son. Christ was made the Surety of this covenant as all of the responsibility of our salvation was conditioned upon Him. The redemption that He accomplished for us on the cross was the fulfillment of all the conditions of this covenant of grace. His righteousness insures the salvation and eternal life of all whom the Father gave Him.
“Holy and reverend is His name”– This is the FRUIT of salvation which is the glory of God. God’s name has always been holy and reverend in Himself, but this glory is in the matter of the salvation of His people based on the merits of the obedience unto death of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the death of Christ for His people, we see every attribute of God honored and glorified as He is both a JUST GOD and a SAVIOR. Because of the death of Christ as the Surety, Substitute, and Redeemer of His people, He gives life to them by glorifying God within their hearts (2nd Corinthians 4:6).
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.”