Psalm 145 King James Version (KJV)
1 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.
Look around you. Take a real good look. Do you see the majestic trees, waving in the mighty breeze, below the endless sky which is lit by a brilliant sun? Do you hear the birds singing to the dawn, or the bees buzzing from flower to flower, or the dogs barking in the distance? Do you small the fragrant flowers or the lawn just mowed, or the coming rain? Have you felt the raindrops falling, or the gentle breeze on your face, or the cool grass on your bare feet? Have you tasted of the bounty of the land – fruits, vegetables, herbs and meat?
Our great good has created it all. The unsearchable greatness of God is constantly being discovered by man in their own back yards. New species are being discovered all day, and new abilities of current creatures are being studied all the time. The human body is as unsearchable as the deepest sea or the heavens above. His greatness is unsearchable.
Therefore I will praise Him every day forever and ever. I will bless His name forever and ever. I will extol Him. His greatness is so marvelous, so wonderful. And the most wonderful thing about it is that it is all for me. It is there for my good pleasure, to enjoy every day. What a loving God we serve!
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.
We have an obligation to teach our children and our grandchildren about His wonderful works in our lives and in the past generations. They need to know our testimony and the testimony of others. They need to know His good works, and His terrible works. They must know He is a God of mercy and also a God of judgment. Then they will share His testimony to their children. Pass it on.
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.
What a great description of God. Actually, God describes Himself in In Exodus 34:6-7, Here is how God describes Himself as He passed n front of Moses on the mount:
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Many of the same words are used by the psalmist here. Gracious, compassionate, slow to anger are all things we know about God. His grace is with us all the time. It is what saves us. We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) and even that faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:9). His grace supplies all the blessings He ever gives us, including our salvation. His grace supplies your needs when you don’t know where they will come from. His grace is always working in your life.
His compassion is evident in all He does. If He did not have compassion, why would He ever have saved me. But He saw my lowly estate and what a mess I had made of my life, and he sent a friend, and another, and another while slowly drawing me by His spirit. He had multiplied compassion on me! And He still shows His compassion today by loving me deeply and always staying near to me.
I am so glad God is slow to anger. I do so much that could make Him angry. mess up a lot, and do stupid things. I don’t always do what He asks me to do, or say what He wants me to say, or go where He wants me to go. I don’t always give what He wants me to give, or live like He wants me to live, or love those He wants me to love. But He is slow to anger, and He puts up with me and has mercy on me. What a wonderful God we serve,
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.
His works praise Him. We discussed this earlier. Because His works praise Him, those who proclaim to be His saints will bless Him and tell others of His glorious kingdom, which is within us. Right there within us, just asking to get out and enlarge itself in this world. We pray “Thy Kingdom Come”, not realizing it is up to us to make it come. We must expand the kingdom by reaching souls for Christ! His kingdom will endure forever, and those who are saved will enjoy it forever. But it starts here on earth and if we do not enter into His kingdom on this earth, we will not enter His kingdom in heaven. Make sure you are telling others about the kingdom and inviting them to enter.
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.
Aren’t you glad He lifts you up when you fall down! We can fall into our sin again, we can fall to our emotions, we can fall to financial temptations, we can fall in our spirit. He will always lift us up. He will raise us back to our feet when we are bowed low. He loves us so much that He will not leave us lowly.
But remember, lowly is where He loves us the most. When we are needy and without strength, and our pride has been broken, and our spirit is contrite, we are right where He wants us (Psalm 51:17). Psalm 34:18 says He is near to those who have a contrite spirit. Jesus sad “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.(Matt 5:3) We Just talked about the kingdom and how it is within us – when we have a contrite spirit. Pride must be put down to find God’s favor – that is what a broken heart and contrite spirit are all about.
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.
The psalmist continues to announce the attributes of our great God. He is still searching those God’s unsearchable greatness. There is no end to it. He is righteous in all His ways, no matter what we may think. When we fall into desperate situations, His ways are righteous and we can trust Him in those difficult times. He is good all the time.
He is always holy, and always near to us when we call upon Him. We never have to wonder if He is too busy, or if He has gone on vacation, or if He has too much to do to hear us. He will hear our cry, and He will save us from whatever it is we have fallen into. We just need to trust Him.
He will preserve us if we love Him. Preserve us by healing us and restoring us. Preserve us by delivering us from our calamities. Preserve us when we fall into temptations. Preserve us for His kingdom when the time comes for Him to return. But the wicked will be destroyed (see the last half of how God describes Himself above)
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Because our God has unsearchable greatness, I will praise Him. My mouth will shout His praises out loud. I will make known His unsearchable greatness because the world needs to know what a great God I serve! How can I not tell them about Him? How can I keep silent? I will shout at a sports game! Why would I not shout out my praise to God. Let’s not be silent anymore. Let us be vocal in our love for the Lord. All people need to bless His name, for He rains on the just and the unjust (Matt 5:45). He provides for them just as He provides for you. All the earth should praise the Lord.