On this Lord’s Day we are called once again to gather publicly in the name of Jesus Christ to worship our Triune God and Father. As we do so, in congregations large and small, we may gladly and profitably take Psalm 145 as our guide.
The heading to this psalm states that is it “David’s Psalm of praise”, and truly it is that, for God is praised in His glorious attributes and in His wondrous works from start to finish. Of special significance is the fact that David praises God especially as the sovereign King of all the universe, so that the outstanding attribute of God is His absolute sovereignty and with that the “glorious majesty of his kingdom” (vss.1, 3, 11-12).
And yet, as great and high and holy as this sovereign King is, notice too that this Jehovah God is the One Who upholds all that fall (v.14), opens His hand to provide for all (v.16), is near to all that call on Him (v.18), and preserves those who love Him (v.20). No wonder David’s heart and mouth bursts forth in praise to God: “I will extol thee, my God, O king!”
As you read through and meditate on this psalm carefully, take note of and perhaps even list the attributes of God that are mentioned by David. And then, pay attention to how God displays these virtues in His works, as the psalmist describes them. And finally, ask yourself how God has revealed these same attributes through His works in your own life, and praise God for them.
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
If you desire to meditate on Psalm 145 through music, I encourage you to listen to a versification of this psalm at the PRC Psalter page. Here is one such versification, titled “The Greatness and Grace of God”, to get you started (Visit the link to hear piano accompaniment and sing along.):
1. O Lord, Thou art my God and King,
And I will ever bless Thy Name;
I will extol Thee every day,
And evermore Thy praise proclaim.
2. The Lord is greatly to be praised,
His greatness is beyond our thought;
From age to age the sons of men
Shall tell the wonders God has wrought.
3. Upon Thy glorious majesty
And wondrous works my mind shall dwell;
Thy deeds shall fill the world with awe,
And of Thy greatness I will tell.
4. Thy matchless goodness and Thy grace
Thy people shall commemorate,
And all Thy truth and righteousness
My joyful song shall celebrate.
5. The Lord our God is rich in grace,
Most tender and compassionate;
His anger is most slow to rise,
His lovingkindness is most great.
6. The Lord is good in all His ways,
His creatures know His constant care;
To all His works His love extends,
All men His tender mercies share.
7. Thy works shall give Thee thanks, O Lord,
Thy saints Thy mighty acts shall show,
Till o’er the earth the sons of men
Thy kingdom, power, and glory know.
8. Eternal is Thy kingdom, Lord,
Forever strong and ever sure;
While generations rise and die
Shall Thy dominion still endure.