The Rest is Praise

20 Mar

The final six psalms of The Psalm are praise songs. I walk through them each day, but just thought I would give you a head’s up. It is nice to think about this ‘hymn book’ of the Bible ending in songs of praise. It seems like a long time ago when I started my journey through the book, actually is was a long time ago, but it has been an instructive one for me.

In each line of Psalm 145 the writer finds a different aspect of God to praise. So, this is not a psalm where we find some new information to understand or dissect, but a reminder of all the ways that God blesses God’s creation and creatures [as the psalmist says]. Please add your voice to those who have sung this praise song over the centuries.

145 I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!
and I’ll bless your name into eternity.

I’ll bless you every day,
and keep it up from now to eternity.

God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.

Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.

Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.

Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.

The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.

God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.

God is good to one and all;
everything he does is suffused with grace.

Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
your holy people bless you.
They talk about the glories of your rule,
they exclaim over your splendor,

Letting the world know of your power for good,
the lavish splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
and is gracious in everything he does.

God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.

All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.

Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.

Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.

God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.

He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.

God sticks by all who love him,
but it’s all over for those who don’t.

My mouth is filled with God’s praise.
Let everything living bless him,
bless his holy name from now to eternity.

I hope you have found beauty and joy in this psalm. It is a great addition to your day. Peace.


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