Psalms Reading – 5.15.2022

Rev. Doug Heiman   -  

Psalm 145

A psalm of praise of David.

I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;

  they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
10 All of your works will thank you, Lord, and your faithful followers will praise you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.
12 They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;  he is gracious in all he does.
14 The Lord helps the fallen  and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
15 The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.
16 When you open your hand,  you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in everything he does;  he is filled with kindness.
18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,  yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;  he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The Lord protects all those who love him,  but he destroys the wicked.

21 I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.

What a magnificent psalm of praise David has given us extolling the many wonderful attributes and actions of God. This acrostic poem draws the reader in verse by verse.  If you did not already love God as you read through it, surely, you would by the time you are finished! 

The royal authority of David’s reign as king is totally dependent on the Lord’s reign as King over him and over all. David’s reign was to be an earthly manifestation of God’s universal reign over all creation. The words “forever and ever,” which are mentioned twice in this psalm, are a prevailing theme throughout the psalms speak of the enduring nature of praise. 

Because God’s reign never ends and praise should never stop, we should see it as our privilege and joy as disciple-makers, in our families and our churches, to make sure that we faithfully pass the news of our great God on to the next generation. 

Verse 9 speaks of God’s common grace where He showers his goodness and compassion on all creation and all people. In the Wesleyan movement, we call this prevenient grace- the grace that God extends to all before they come into a relationship with Him. It’s a grace that is at work wooing and calling all into a relationship with Him. God uses people, events, crises, and His word to be His instruments at work before we even know God is at work! Even through the reading of this psalm, God is extending His grace to all so they might respond in faith to Him. 

Memory Verse: Psalm 139:5, You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Question(s) to Consider: What captures your attention from this marvelous psalm? As you look back on your life, how did God extend His grace to you before you knew what He was up to?