Bible Reading: Psalm 145

Psalm 145
I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. 8 The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 9 The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. 10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, And Your godly ones shall bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. 14 The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. 18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. 20 The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

David begins this psalm by lifting up the name of the Lord, who is worthy of praise because of who He is and in light of the greatness of His works.  The word praise is the Hebrew word hala from which we get the English word hallelujah.  To praise the Lord, means to boast about His greatness, to lift up all His attributes, and to exalt all His works.   Praise is one of the activities of prayer that often is difficult for us, but David reminds us that we are to praise Him forever and ever (vs. 2).

We need to praise His works to our children and grandchildren, so that future generations will know of His greatness (vs. 4).  Moses frequently reminded the Israelites of the day that God delivered them out of Egypt.  He praised God for the parting of the Red Sea, for His miraculous provision during the time in the wilderness.  We need to offer praise for what God has done in our lives, so the next generation will come to know Him.   David goes on to praise God’s character, including His power, His abundant goodness, His righteousness, His provision, and His kindness (vs. 6-17).   David meditated day and night on all that the Lord had done for him and on who He is, and the result was a mouth full of praise.

How would you characterize your “praise time” when you are alone with God?  Are you quick to offer up praise to God, as you start off your time in prayer?  Do you speak well of Him to others around you, both saved and unsaved?   Are we praising Him to the next generation so they will know and follow Him?  I pray that we would be more like David, lifting up the greatness of God and speaking words of praise now and forever.  I’m sure that this will impact not only our own lives, but influence those around us.

Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.  Psalm 145.8