Friday, December 2, 2016

God’s Eternal Glory

Psalm 145:1-21

David's Psalm of praise.

“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:1-4)

David has committed to making gods praises known for as long as he lived.  It would be impossible to exaggerate his greatness, because it cannot measured.  The older generation should pass their knowledge of his greatness along to the next generation and ensure it will never be forgotten.   

“I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.  And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.  They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.” (Psalm 145:5-7)

God is glorious in majesty, ruling over the entire universe, and does miraculous things.  Everyone will speak of the amazing and frightening things he has done, while David will speak of his greatness in protecting him.  Everyone will speak of god’s goodness and his justice. 

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.” (Psalm 145:8-13)

God gives people far better than they deserve, having compassion on them in difficulty.  He does not get angry easily and is willing to forgive even the worst if they will accept responsibility for their sin and change.  That opportunity is open to everyone.  Even those who reject his mercy will one day admit he gave them the chance, and those who trust him will thank him for it.  They will talk about the richness and wonder of his kingdom, and his power.  They will tell everyone of what his kingdom is like, like someone who visits a foreign land talks about the things they saw there.  Other kingdoms eventually are overthrown but God’s kingdom will only grow in power for eternity. 

“The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:14-16)

Like a father holding his children’s hands, God will catch everyone that stumbles and falls, and will reach down for those who bow in shame or discouragement.  Everyone who depends on him will have what they need when it is needed.  He will give enough to satisfy the desires of every living thing. 

“The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.” (Psalm 145:17-20)

Everything God does is done properly and in a way that is fair to everyone involved.   His door is open and he listens to everyone who honestly seeks his help.  Those who respect him will find their desires are satisfied, and he will rescue them when they ask for help.  He protects everyone who loves him, but those who refuse to do what is right will be destroyed. 

“My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 145:21)

David was committed to thanking God, but ultimately every living thing will praise him as well, as Philippians 2:9-10 tells us.  “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”  Even the wicked will have to admit he is righteous and good.  

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