A psalm of praise. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
We sang Psalm 145 in Church yesterday. So on a Monday morning it seemed fitting to start with this praise filled Psalm.
As you let the words wash over you, sink in, and serve as a reminder of our great God’s power, you will be (as I am) in awe of our God. You will want to extol His name!
As we hear of atrocities overseas, we can be thankful that our God is a God of compassion and kindness.
Our LORD, Jesus Christ, teaches us to be compassionate and loving. He teaches us to be kind to others, even those who hate us. Since God made us in our Redeemer’s image, we seek to exemplify Him.
That is really a tough call, though. Think of how hard it is to love those family members that annoy us. But we love them regardless. Or we pray God might help us do so. And that is the key. God will help us be kind and love others as we lean on Him.
So as we begin this Monday, let us read and re-read Psalm 145. It is a beautiful reflection of God’s majesty.
LORD JESUS, teach us to love others as you do. Help us be compassionate and kind even to our enemies.
Without your Holy Spirit in us we will fail miserably every time. We acknowledge our need of your Holy Spirit in us, LORD.
Thank-you that as Christians we aim to love others and note hate others or destroy them.
Please teach others to love you, Jesus, and exalt your name of above every name.
We know one day every knew will bow to you, as you are the LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.