Psalms 145

1 I praise your greatness, my God the King; I will praise you forever and ever.
2 I will praise you every day; I will praise you forever and ever.
3 The Lord is great and worthy of our praise; no one can understand how great he is.
4 Parents will tell their children what you have done. They will retell your mighty acts,
5 wonderful majesty, and glory. And I will think about your miracles.
6 They will tell about the amazing things you do, and I will tell how great you are.
7 They will remember your great goodness and will sing about your fairness.
8 The Lord is kind and shows mercy. He does not become angry quickly but is full of love.
9 The Lord is good to everyone; he is merciful to all he has made.
10 Lord, everything you have made will praise you; those who belong to you will bless you.
11 They will tell about the glory of your kingdom and will speak about your power.
12 Then everyone will know the mighty things you do and the glory and majesty of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom will go on and on, and you will rule forever. The Lord will keep all his promises; he is loyal to all he has made.
14 The Lord helps those who have been defeated and takes care of those who are in trouble.
15 All living things look to you for food, and you give it to them at the right time.
16 You open your hand, and you satisfy all living things.
17 Everything the Lord does is right. He is loyal to all he has made.
18 The Lord is close to everyone who prays to him, to all who truly pray to him.
19 He gives those who respect him what they want. He listens when they cry, and he saves them.
20 The Lord protects everyone who loves him, but he will destroy the wicked.
21 I will praise the Lord. Let everyone praise his holy name forever.

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

Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.