Psalms 145

1 I will highly praise you, my God, the king. I will bless your name forever and ever.
2 I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever.
3 The LORD is great, and he should be highly praised. His greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation will praise your deeds to the next. Each generation will talk about your mighty acts.
5 I will think about the glorious honor of your majesty and the miraculous things you have done.
6 People will talk about the power of your terrifying deeds, and I will tell about your greatness.
7 They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness.
8 The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.
9 The LORD is good to everyone and has compassion for everything that he has made.
10 Everything that you have made will give thanks to you, O LORD, and your faithful ones will praise you.
11 Everyone will talk about the glory of your kingdom and will tell the descendants of Adam about your might
12 in order to make known your mighty deeds and the glorious honor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your empire endures throughout every generation.
14 The LORD supports everyone who falls. He straightens [the backs] of those who are bent over.
15 The eyes of all creatures look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand, and you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is fair in all his ways and faithful in everything he does.
18 The LORD is near to everyone who prays to him, to every faithful person who prays to him.
19 He fills the needs of those who fear him. He hears their cries for help and saves them.
20 The LORD protects everyone who loves him, but he will destroy all wicked people.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all living creatures will praise 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.

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Psalms 145 Commentaries

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