objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic
a description of what is happening)
psalm of praise. Of David .
The Greatness of God that deserves praise
will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
[I will lift up the One who is
God and my king. I will acclaim the name by which He is known
day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
day I will pay tribute to Him, I will enthusiastically praise
that name for ever]
is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
[Why? Because He is great, He
is the I AM, the everlasting one, who is simply worthy of praise
because of His greatness which we cannot fully comprehend.]
His Greatness is told down through the generations
generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
[One generation tells the next
the wonderful things He has done.]
speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful
[They tell of His glory and majesty,
the wonderful things He has done.
tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
[They tell about His power seen
through the mighty works recorded in history.]
celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
causes them to celebrate His goodness and righteousness that has
been revealed, so they sing joyfully.]
His Grace, Compassion and Goodness
LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
have learned that He is gentle, kind & compassionate, who
doesn't fly off the handle but is just full of love.]
LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
[Indeed, He is good to everyone
of us, showing compassion to all.]
The response of the world to His wonderful acts
your works praise you, LORD;
your faithful people extol you.
[The world He has made naturally
reveals praise to Him, His people enthusiastically lift up His
tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
[They do it by telling how wonderful
His reign is, how strong and stable He makes it.]
that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
[They do that because His intent
is that the whole world will know of Him, of the great things
He has done, how wonderful His reign is.]
His Rule is everlasting throughout history
kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all
big thing is that His reign is unchanging and continues throughout
all of history.]
What He is like and what He does
LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
[The ‘I AM' makes promises of
blessing and can be guaranteed to keep them.]
LORD upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
[He is there for those who stumble
and fall, straightening up those who have been bowed down by the
pressures of life in this fallen world.]
eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper
[Therefore all look to Him and
He provides the food they need.]
open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living
hands out provisions to all, ready to satisfy every need.]
LORD is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
[He always acts rightly in all
He does, always remaining true to His character.]
LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
[He is there for whoever calls
out to Him for held.
fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
[He responds to all who honour
Him by providing every need, saving every one when they cry out.]
LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
watches over to protect all who love Him but deals with the wicked.
There is that distinction in the way He responds to people.]
My Response & the Response of the World
mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
a response to all this, I will speak praise of Him always and
every living being should respond in this same way.]