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Frameworks: Psalm 145: The Wonder of the Lord


A psalm of praise. Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: The last of this group of eight psalms by David extols the Lord for the wonder of who He is, seen in what He has done. We have made bold the seven [perfect number] things David says about the Lord, His attributes. Because this psalm is packed with such information, we simply encourage the reader to meditate on each of these things. It is a fitting conclusion to David's psalms.]



v.1-3 David pours out his heart in praise to the Lord


v.1  I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.

v.2  Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

v.3  Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.


v.4-7 God's deeds are praised down through the generations


v.4  One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.

v.5  They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

v.6  They tell of the power of your awesome works
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.

v.7  They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.


v.8,9 His attributes are clear and obvious


v.8   The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

v.9   The LORD is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.

v.10-12 His deeds reveal His wonder so all may see and understand


v.10  All your works praise you, LORD;
    your faithful people extol you.

v.11  They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,

v.12  so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.


v.13 His rule over all things has no end


v.13   Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.


v.13b-20 he extols God's goodness and attributes even further


The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.

v.14  The LORD upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.

v.15  The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.

v.16  You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

v.17   The LORD is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.

v.18   The LORD is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.

v.19  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.

v.20   The LORD watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.


v.21 All will praise Him when they see this


v.21  My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.


[Additional Comments: A psalm that should evoke praise and worship.]



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