A World of Worship
Dear Father, You are the giver of life and truth and grace. I thank You for all Your mercies.
Read PSALM 145:1-21
 A psalm of praise. Of David.
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We have a great motive for praising God. He has blessed us in temporal and eternal ways.
The wisdom literature reminds us that God is to be found in the everyday, and the psalms, many of which are rooted in wisdom thinking, echo the cry. God’s praise, the worship of his people, belongs in the everyday.
Psalm 145 tells us why. We don’t praise God for his theoretical qualities, the attributes our doctrines have ascribed to him. We praise God, rather, for being the God we have found him to be. We praise him because he has shown himself great (1-3). God’s acts (4), his miracles (5), his deeds (6) and his righteousness (7) are not aspects of our theology but of our history. We have stories to tell our children because of who God has proven himself to be. God has shown himself to be slow to anger and full of love (8); he is compassionate (9). He showers goodness and all his creatures respond in praise (10). The entire creation knows how great he is (11). He has shown himself faithful to us (13). He helps us (14), feeds us (15) and satisfies us (16). He is righteous (17) and close to us (18). He hears our cry (19) and protects us (20).
After listing so many ways in which God has shown his love, David breaks out in praise (21). How much more should we, who have seen all this and more expressed in Christ, lift hearts of praise and gratitude to God? God does not demand your worship on the basis of his abstract goodness. He has won your praise by his actual love. He has made it possible, in Christ, for David’s last dream to come true–for everyone on earth to bless his name.
Has God given you the desires of your heart (19)? If you are unfulfilled in some way, what does this indicate?
Heavenly Father, give me eyes to see You and a heart and words to praise You.