Psalm 145 - Praising God As A Part Of Everyday Life
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
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 commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty - and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works - and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They 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 your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
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.
The Lord upholds all 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 faithful in all He does.
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.
Learning about God and His wondrous acts isn’t just a matter of self-discovery, but a gift that we can pass on, as “one generation commends your (God’s) works to another”. Besides sharing about the “mighty acts” that God has done for us, we can “speak of the glorious splendour” of God too, either as an abstract or an experience. Is praising Him part of our everyday conversations?
Have we told our children and others about the “awesome works” and “good deeds” that God has done for us? Does it seem like good news when we talk about God? Do we “joyfully sing” about and “celebrate” God’s “abundant goodness” as we talk about Him? We tend to talk a lot about what we need to do, and what we think God delights in, but do so without talking about His splendour. We talk about how our lives have changed, but fail to emphasise God’s role in it. Our testimonies shouldn’t be about us because the main character in our story should be God. We are still sinners, but it is God who has made us perfect. Do we talk more about what we've changed for Him or how much He has changed us?
David had done many wonderful acts for God in his lifetime, but he didn’t spend much time reminiscing them. He devoted his time to “meditate on your (God’s) wonderful works”, instead of his own achievements. Meditation takes time and we need spiritual devotion to focus on God’s “power”. We often struggle because we looked at ourselves for power. While the Israelite soldiers were afraid of Goliath because they saw how powerless they were to fight him, David had the confidence to defeat Goliath because he believed in God’s power. Faith in God’s power comes from constant meditation on Him.
To “extol” is to praise enthusiastically, and “faithful people extol” God. We praise God in songs on Sundays and in our daily prayers but how about in our conversations with one another? Do “we tell of the glory” and “speak of your (God’s) might”? It is necessary to give praises to God first, in all situations, whether good or bad. Praising God in our daily conversations genuinely (not as a religious phrase that we pepper our conversations with) reflects the connection we have with Him. Our children, our friends and the new generation need to “know of your (God’s) mighty acts” and the glorious splendour of His kingdom. They need to that God is trustworthy and “faithful in all He does”. Are we joyful in talking about God? Do people around us learn more and more about God's goodness through our conversations?
God “upholds all who fall” and “lifts up all who is bowed down”. He “fulfils the desires of those who fear Him”. God has fulfilled my desires. He has heard my cries and saved me. God has blessed my works and given me my daily bread. All that I have is God’s. My children, my family, my life, all belong to God. He is “near to all who call on Him” and “He watches over all who love Him”. As I reflect on my past, I see how He has watched over me when my enemies were against me and He has brought me out in narrow escapes at risky moments. I know God is with me, in my work and in my meetings with people and with my family.
Let me praise God and praise His Holy name every day, not just on Sundays but EVERYDAY.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.