If all the psalms were condensed into one, something like Psalm 145 would probably result. In this psalm, David seems to collect the main themes that run throughout the Psalms and bring them forward for an encore. Once again, we hear David extol the character of God, proclaim His mighty works, and remember His immeasurable mercy. Joining the chorus is creation itself, harmoniously singing the glory of God’s kingdom and the majesty of His kingship. God shows compassionate mercy toward the humble of the earth; He is the Provider of all. The wicked have no chance before Him because His justice is sure.
I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever (Ps. 145:1).
As God’s greatness extends beyond the boundaries of our brief moments of breath, so our praise of Him must reach out to Him throughout eternity. In the kingdom to come, we will still be praising Him, joining the millions of other redeemed of the Lord at the throne of God. This life is just a warm-up session for eternal praise to God.
When we are the recipient of someone’s thoughtfulness, generous help or timely rescue, two responses are natural. First, we are grateful. Whether the underserved gift is given in response to our need or the donor extends to us gifts beyond our need, thankfulness is fitting. Be thankful for the gift; be thankful for the giver of the gift. The second natural response is the desire to tell someone else about it. The joy is too much to contain! The thankfulness is multiplied when the good news of the gift is shared with others. When God acts on our behalf, performing His mighty deeds, the next generation needs to know about it so they can know how great God is. Parents take time to tell your children about the good things God has done for you.
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works (Ps.145:8-9).
David’s life was itself an example of God’s compassion and mercy. Though an adulterer and murderer, David found forgiveness and restoration. David’s life shines as an image of God’s patience with sinners, His capacity to forgive and His desire to bring new opportunities to the brokenness of a sinner. God’s tender mercies adorn all His mighty deeds.
David describes the Lord as a protector and provider, with specific reference to food in due season (Ps.145:14-16). God sent manna from heaven to feed the children of Israel in the desert (Ex. 16). He sent water from the rock to quench their parched throats (Ex. 17). He provided wheat and oil for the widow of Zarephath (1 Kin. 17). He gave living water to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). The Scriptures record numerous occasions when God sent the needed provisions. How often do we count on Him to do it in our lives?
Think about writing a psalm to the Lord. What would you put in it? Would it begin and end in praise? How would you honor Him for what He has done in your life? What would you want the next generation to know about your relationship to God?
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever (Ps.145:21).