Psalm 145: David’s Song of Praise

Psalm 145 is the first of the praise psalms that conclude the book of Psalms and is titled as a “praise” or “tehillah” of David. As I read this psalm today, I could sense the awe, the joy, the excitement of David as he wrote it. It must have been sung with great enthusiasm and I can see where there would have been a lot of emotion expressed in singing and dancing before the Lord. In this Psalm, David praises a number of God’s deeds and attributes. He talks of God’s mighty acts, His greatness and power. He reminds us that God is righteous, merciful, compassionate, and faithful. He protects all who love Him. David ends the psalm with praise and a prayer that everyone on the earth will bless the Lord’s name forever.

As I reflect on this psalm, I am reminded that we have so many reasons to be thankful to and praise the Lord. First and foremost, He has freed us from the bondage of our sin through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. When we come to Jesus and put our trust in Him, when we repent of our sins, God’s great gift to us is the promise of eternal life with Him. That is a reason to give Him praise!

But God is such a loving and giving God that our reasons for praising Him don’t stop there. We can praise Him for sicknesses healed, for marriages restored, for timely words of encouragement, and provision in time of need. Because of His grace, love, and mercy, He gives us all of these things and more. He is a great God and most worthy to be praised!

Lord, we thank You and praise You for all that You are and for all that You have done. We thank You and praise You for Your Son, Jesus, who died so that we may have eternal life with You. We praise You, Lord, for You are worthy to be praised! In Jesus’ name. Amen!

God is With Us… Always

Among the many promises of God is His assurance that He is always with us, no matter what we are going through. In Joshua 1:9, He tells us to be strong and to have courage. We do not need to fear because He will be with us wherever we go. In Exodus 14:14, He says that He will fight for us. In Psalm 23, David stands on God’s promise when he says that he will fear no evil because the Lord is with him.
What stands out to me about this promise is that it requires action on our part. God tells us not to fear, to be still, and to take heart. He says we need to be courageous. All of these things require that we focus on Him and allow His peace, His strength, His comfort to work in our hearts. He is always there, ready to give us the courage, peace, and comfort that we need. We need to open our hearts to Him and allow Him to do so.
Another thing that stands out in this promise is that God is not telling us that He will take away all of our trials and tribulations. In Isaiah 43, He says “when” you pass through the water and “when” you walk through the fire. He doesn’t say “if” and He doesn’t say He will keep us from them. We will┬ápass through the waters and walk through the fire. But, He will not allow the water ro sweep over us or the fire to burn us. We will feel the wetness of the water and the heat of the fire, but they will not overcome us. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that, in this world we will have trouble but, because He has overcome the world, we can have peace as we go through our trials and tribulations.
What an awesome promise from and awesome God! Thank You, Lord!
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