- Psalm 145[a]
A psalm of praise. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
Good afternoon lady. I pray you are well and I’m glad you stopped by VLN on today.
Let’s look at the “I wills” in the first 2 verses. David made an intentional act to exalt the Lord. I am certain he could not always rely on his feelings as a gauge as to whether or not he would worship God. There were other chapters in Psalms that David wrote in anguish from his many bad days! David suffered
- persecution from his enemies (Psalm 13)
- isolation and feelings of abandonment by God (Psalm 147)
- from the effects of his own sin (Psalm 32)
But, here in Psalm 145 David purposed to say, “Everyday I will praise you.” So even though David found himself in high peaks and low valleys throughoutt his life, he could still see God’s goodness to him and set his heart to praise him everyday. David knew God was always worthy of praise!
Peak and Valley Praise
Can you remember a time when you felt isolated in a trial? Persecuted by someone? Tripped up by your own sin? Maybe you are in a present trial..within or without. But, I admonish you to go visit David in the book of Psalms. He knew the isolation and darkness of a cave, the absence of a fresh sunny day and a cool breeze. He knew what it was to have dirt on his head and in his mouth in the pit. BUT, thank God, he also recognized the blessing of having his right mind to comprehend the faithfulness and protection of God! He even believed his chastisement from the Lord was for his good! He knew that his prayers meant something to a compassionate God and that God would get him though it; and He did! Today these times in Psalms must seem like swift minute to David because he is where God is and praising him right now!
No matter what is going on (or not going on) in your life, remember:
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
I love verse 9 that tells us that God has compassion on us all. Yet not everyone return praise back to their creator. And what does God do? He continues to show goodness and kindness to all mankind. If you get the chance to read the rest of this chapter, think about those who lived a life of trust in suffering and uncertainty. Along with David as our example, can you think of others who gave praise to God in the most difficult times?
Jonathan Edwards once said: ‘God is glorified not only by His glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced in.’ It is not enough to say, ‘I guess he is God, so I have got to knuckle under.’ You have to see his beauty. Glorifying God does not mean obeying him only because you have to. It means to obey him because you want to — because you are attracted to him, because you delight in him.
Father, thank you for the splendid work of your hands! You have revealed yourself in nature and have revealed yourself even clearer through your word. I ask that you use the word to cleanse my heart and renew my mind.
I also pray for healing for our nation. I pray that we will humble ourselves before you. Lord don’t let us waste away in our pride and the way that seems right to us. I can’t fix our nation but you can. I praise you because I know that you are in control and I magnify you. Your plan is not off course and that gives me joy. Help your church to see you clearer and praise you by the minute, the hour and the day. In Jesus’ name