Psalms 145

A psalm of praise. A psalm of David.

1 I will honor you, my God the King. I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you. I will praise your name for ever and ever.
3 Lord, you are great. You are really worthy of praise. No one can completely understand how great you are.
4 Parents will praise your works to their children. They will tell about your mighty acts.
5 They will speak about your glorious majesty. I will spend time thinking about your miracles.
6 They will speak about the powerful and wonderful things you do. I will talk about the great things you have done.
7 They will celebrate your great goodness. They will sing with joy about your holy acts.
8 The LORD is gracious. He is kind and tender. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.
9 The LORD is good to all. He shows deep concern for everything he has made.
10 Lord, every living thing you have made will praise you. Your faithful people will praise you.
11 They will tell about your glorious kingdom. They will speak about your power.
12 Then all people will know about the mighty things you have done. They will know about the glorious majesty of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingdom that will last forever. Your rule will continue for all time to come. The LORD is faithful and will keep all of his promises. He is loving toward everything he has made.
14 The LORD takes good care of all those who fall. He lifts up all those who feel helpless.
15 Every living thing looks to you for food. You give it to them exactly when they need it.
16 You open your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
17 The LORD is right in everything he does. He is loving toward everything he has made.
18 The LORD is ready to help all those who call out to him. He helps those who really mean it when they call out to him.
19 He satisfies the needs of those who have respect for him. He hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all those who love him. But he will destroy all sinful people.
21 I will praise the LORD with my mouth. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever 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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