Great is the Lord?
On this Lord’s Day, O Lord, and every day, I will praise Your name and give You all glory.
Read PSALM 145:1-21
 A psalm of praise. Of David. I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.  Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.  They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.  They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.  They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.  The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.  The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.  All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you.  They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,  so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.  The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.  The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.  You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.  The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.  The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.  My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat characteristics of God do you see here?
Here, as he often does, David places praise center-stage (and this was before Jesus!). Apart from the rightness of eternal praise to our God, praise brings life-invigorating blessing for all God’s people.
It reminds us that God is gracious, compassionate, loving, faithful, generous, righteous, holy (8,9,13,16.17,21). It reminds us of what God has done for us: his actions, his gifts, the help he has given (6,12,14,15,16). It reminds us of his faithfulness and closeness to us (13,18). It encourages us (7). It is a witness to others and future generations of God’s good news (4-6,11,12).
Worship was a central part of the Israelites’ lives as they recalled all that God had done for them (eg. Neh 9:5-15; Psa. 126). It kept them—or brought them back—on track with God. And, with all the down-and-out times of David’s life, praise lifted his spirits and renewed his confidence in God for the future (20). It is to be part of our daily journeying with God, too. Why or how will you exalt God your King today?
Say this psalm aloud to God—as a prayer of praise. Remember as you do so, how God is at work in your life.
Lord God, when I think of who You are and all that You are, I can only respond in praise.
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