“Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” (Psalms 111:1-2)
Being called out as a “prophet” can mean a wide variety of things – all dependent on how one defines “prophet.” The way the Old Testament passage of yesterday defined it (the allusion to the Messiah aside) it simply meant someone who sought to understand God and explain the God they came to know to others. And since God clearly said that the Lord will put the words in the prophet’s mouth, anyone who was faithful to God could be and be called out as a prophet.
Verses 1 & 2 from Psalms 111 adds to this when it says that the great works of the Lord are studied (and by implication should be studied) by those who delight in them. What better training for a beginning “prophet” than to study the great works of the Lord.
“Full of honour [sic] and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and awesome is his name. (Psalm 111: 3-9)
Yesterday we also read what would happen to a “false prophet”, one who claimed to speak in God’s name but did not. Having read all the attributes of God’s great work, and by implication how great God is, it is puzzling to think that anyone would not want to speak the words of God. Whatever we might say, and whatever we might do pales in comparison. Why follow any other god or our own agenda when there is something much better. Truly the psalmist speaks wisdom in saying . . . “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practise [sic] it have a good understanding. His praise endures for ever.” (Psalms 111:10)