Psalm 145 David’s Psalm of praise
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145 Leads Into A New Study
Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing a Bible study that covers 30 different psalms. I’ve enjoyed it very much, and I’ve shared some of what I’ve learned, here with you. But now, I’ve finished it. The last psalm I studied was Psalm 145. As you can see, it is a psalm full of reasons to praise God.
The author pointed out that in the original Hebrew, each verse of this psalm begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, with only one letter missing. So the final exercise was thinking of 26 reasons to praise God, each one beginning with a different letter of the English alphabet. Some of the letters were a little challenging, but I enjoyed it. We, as Christians, have so much to be thankful for, and there are so many reasons to praise the Lord. No wonder so many of the psalms talk about praise and tell us to praise the Lord!
In the coming weeks, for my Sunday devotionals, I’d like to take a different letter for each post and see how many different reasons I can come up with for praising the Lord. I’d love for you to join me on this study!