I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation will commend your works to another, and will declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate…
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
All your works will give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful will bless you.
They will speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,
to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
There is absolutely no way I can stand at a distance from this Psalm or read it out loud without any emotion. If I can, I haven’t met the God of the Bible and I am completely immune to the emotions of this excellent, excellent work. The themes in this Psalm are not sappy emotional stuff, they’re gigantic themes of human struggle and daily existence. What is the character of this God we serve? (Gracious, merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, rewards those who love him, upholds justice by destroying the wicked) Is our God petty and powermongering like we are, or does he display his power in different ways? (He’s faithful, gracious, raises up those who are bowed down) Why do people go hungry in this world? (It’s not God’s desire, and there’s enough food for everyone to eat. The problem isn’t supply; it’s distribution) And for me to add the example of Jesus into my thoughts on Psalm 145 brings tears to my eyes sometimes. How did Jesus, our King, express his kingship? By touching the unclean, washing feet, spending time with outcasts, giving his life for his friends and his enemies rather than taking life away. What an example to follow. No question to me that this God is clearly not an invention of human hands; us projecting a bigger example of ourselves into the heavens.
I didn’t quote the entire Psalm here, just a couple big sections of it, and I split it up as possible chunks for others to cut and paste and carry around with them at work or in daily errands. Words to meditate on, to chew on for awhile. And the picture is one I took in our front yard one evening. I’m going to miss the Shenandoah Valley. *sigh*