The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
"The works of the Lord are great;" yet, great as they are, they cannot be understood nor perceived by those who are absorbed in earthly ideas and pursuits. The works of the Lord must be "sought out"; that is, they must be mindfully and diligently observed, in order to their being adequately understood: nay, if we would know anything of their vastness or their excellency. We must be in the constant habit of connecting the ordinary operations and occurrences of life with a higher power, with the counsel and government of heaven; a gracious promise is given, that "all things shall work together for good to them that love God"; and we must be always endeavouring to trace this working, and observe the striking manner in which this effect is produced. Nor can any, but the pious and faithful servant of God, find delight in this holy and profitable exercise; and the longer he lives, the more clearly he perceives the hand of the Almighty in everything; in discomforting the evil and blessing the good: he sees and admires the wonders of grace, as well as the wonders of providence, vouchsafed to others as well as himself; to the Church in all ages. In all the good he receives or does, and all the evil he escapes or prevents, he traces the power and mercy of his God: "Not unto me, O Lord, not unto me, but unto Thy name be the glory and the praise." Thus he imitates the conduct of the psalmist, recorded in the text, "I will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart": all the power of his understanding and all the affections of his soul are employed in magnifying the majesty and loving-kindness of the "Author and giver of every good gift." And the grateful Christian imitates the psalmist yet farther; he does not hide the sense of God's goodness within his own bosom; but declares it openly as opportunity serves.
(J. Slade, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.