Psalms 145

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1 1I will extol you, my God and 2King, and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you 3and praise your name forever and ever.
3 4Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his 5greatness is unsearchable.
4 6One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On 7the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of 8the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your 9abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is 10gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The LORD is 11good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 12All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your 13saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power,
12 to 14make known to the children of man your[a]15mighty deeds, and 16the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 17Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.[The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.][b]
14 The LORD 18upholds all who are falling and 19raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all 20look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
16 You 21open your hand; you 22satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is 23righteous in all his ways and 24kind in all his works.
18 The LORD is 25near to all who call on him, to all who call on him 26in truth.
19 He 27fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also 28hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD 29 preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and 30let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalms 145 Commentary

Chapter 145

David extols the power, goodness, and mercy of the Lord. (1-9) The glory of God's kingdom, and his care of those that love him. (10-21)

Verses 1-9 Those who, under troubles and temptations, abound in fervent prayer, shall in due season abound in grateful praise, which is the true language of holy joy. Especially we should speak of God's wondrous work of redemption, while we declare his greatness. For no deliverance of the Israelites, nor the punishment of sinners, so clearly proclaims the justice of God, as the cross of Christ exhibits it to the enlightened mind. It may be truly said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that his words are words of goodness and grace; his works are works of goodness and grace. He is full of compassion; hence he came into the world to save sinners. When on earth, he showed his compassion both to the bodies and souls of men, by healing the one, and making wise the other. He is of great mercy, a merciful High Priest, through whom God is merciful to sinners.

Verses 10-21 All God's works show forth his praises. He satisfies the desire of every living thing, except the unreasonable children of men, who are satisfied with nothing. He does good to all the children of men; his own people in a special manner. Many children of God, who have been ready to fall into sin, to fall into despair, have tasted his goodness in preventing their falls, or recovering them speedily by his graces and comforts. And with respect to all that are heavy laden under the burden of sin, if they come to Christ by faith, he will ease them, he will raise them. He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. He is present every where; but in a special way he is nigh to them, as he is not to others. He is in their hearts, and dwells there by faith, and they dwell in him. He is nigh to those that call upon him, to help them in all times of need. He will be nigh to them, that they may have what they ask, and find what they seek, if they call upon him in truth and sincerity. And having taught men to love his name and holy ways, he will save them from the destruction of the wicked. May we then love his name, and walk in his ways, while we desire that all flesh should bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Cross References 30

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew his; also next line
  • [b]. These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)

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Psalms 145 Commentaries

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