Psalm 145:1-21 (NLT)1 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever.2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.3 Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.4 Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.5 I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.7 Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.8 The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.9 The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.10 All of your works will thank you, LORD, and your faithful followers will praise you.11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom; they will give examples of your power.12 They will tell about your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of your reign. 13 For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The LORD always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does.14 The LORD helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.15 The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.16 When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.17 The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness.18 The LORD is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.19 He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.20 The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.21 I will praise the LORD, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever.
Praising God’s Greatness
David wrote this Psalm as both an expression of faith and a call to praise God for His glory and greatness. He promises to personally praise God forever. He wants everybody to join him in recognizing His greatness in terms of his mighty works, his glory and splendor, his great goodness, his gracious compassion, his tender mercies, his glorious and everlasting kingdom, his providential care, his righteousness, his holiness, and his availability for those who call upon him in truth and with fear.
David ends by repeating his promise to praise God forever then he invites all of mankind to join him in that everlasting praise. That invitation is to us. Send your RSVP and join the praise.
Lyrics To Psalm 145
by Shane & Shane
Great is the Lord
So worthy of praise
Great is the Lord
One generation will
Commend Your kingdom
To one another
They will speak of You
And I will meditate
On Your wonder
And they, they will speak
Of Your glorious splendor
Of Your majesty
Everyday I'll praise Thee
Forever and ever
Everyday I will praise
Everyday I will praise
For You open Your hand
And satisfy desires of all things
My God, the King
The Lord is gracious
And slow to anger
He is rich in love
He is good to all
Psalms 13:1-6 (NLT)O Lord , how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.
From Doubt To Trust
In this psalm the writer, David, much like us at times, appears to be struggling with doubt. The psalm begins with a question as to how long will his suffering continue. He’s distressed because it looks to him like God is abandoned him when he needs him most (See Encouragement From The Word Of God When You Think He Has Abandoned You).
He then prays for God to understand and deliver him because he’s afraid of what his enemies are doing and will continue to do for him. If they defeat him they can boast because a friend of God has fallen.
At his lowest he remembers that God has delivered him in the past because his despair turns to trust. His trust is based upon God's loving-kindness, and he rejoices in His deliverance.
What an example for us today! When we put our trust in God and the salvation we received through the blood of Jesus sacrifice we can have the same trust and confidence that David shows that God will never leave or forsake us and will meet all of our needs.
Deuteronomy 31:3 (NLT)3 But the LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua will lead you across the river, just as the LORD promised.
Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Philippians 4:19-20 (NLT)19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.20 Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.
Psalm 149:1-9 (NIV) Praise the Lord . Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the Lord .
Praise For God’s Triumph
This psalm is a celebration of a victory over the enemies of the nation, and praising God for His hand in it. The victory itself is an indication that God's favor and salvation have been poured out on his people. The returning warriors are praising God while raising their swords. For us today that sword that assures us victory is the Sword of the Spirit, The Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Psalm 7:1-17 (NLT)1 I come to you for protection, O LORD my God. Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!2 If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion, tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.3 O LORD my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice,4 if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause,5 then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude
6 Arise, O LORD, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice!7 Gather the nations before you. Rule over them from on high.8 The LORD judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O LORD, for I am innocent, O Most High!9 End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.10 God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.11 God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.13 He will prepare his deadly weapons and shoot his flaming arrows.14 The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.15 They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves.16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads.17 I will thank the LORD because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
This psalm appears to be in response to David being accused by Cush a Benjaminite. Cush was of the same tribe as King Saul, and the accusation may have been treason. David proclaims his innocence and asks God to deliver him. He is convinced that God has heard and will clear his name and judge his accusers. David ends this psalm, as he does many of them, in praise
David ended this Psalm, which began in doom and gloom, in high praise. He could praise because he took his cause to God and in faith left it there. That’s the application for us today. It doesn’t matter if the trial is one of our own making or one caused by a family member, friend, enemy, or Satan himself We can take our cause to God and rest knowing that God is on the side of the righteous, He is good, He will never leave or forsake us, He loves us, and will deliver us.
Psalm 150:1-6 (HCSB)1 Hallelujah! Praise God in His sanctuary. Praise Him in His mighty heavens.2 Praise Him for His powerful acts; praise Him for His abundant greatness.3 Praise Him with trumpet blast; praise Him with harp and lyre.4 Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with flute and strings.5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals.6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD. Hallelujah!
Praise The Lord
Luke 19:40 The Message (MSG) But he said, “If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise.”
This final song of praise ends the book of Psalms. Every phrase builds on the preceding thought in a crescendo that ends ending in a climax that comes as an outburst of mighty praise from ev every living creature on the earth.
This resounding praise comes from His sanctuary; the heavens and the assembly of the saints (believers).
This resounding praise is in response to His mighty acts of creation and His miracles throughout history.
This resounding praise in accompanied by a full orchestra. Music and praise go together as a beautiful musical composition created to be pleasing to the listener.
This resounding praise ends with mankind, the pinnacle of God’s creation, joined by every creature singing in harmony as we continue to sing Praise the Lord (Ha )
Psalm 150:6 (HCSB)6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD. Hallelujah!
Through such worship we participate in the worship of heaven. We join the angels (as well as Christians across the world) around the throne of God as we worship and participate here and now in what we will experience fully when Christ returns. So let us worship God with our whole lives and gather together to pour out our love to Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength. - Psalm 150:1-6 Reasons to Praise God
"Rather than trying to live in two worlds, it is far better to live as close to God as you possibly can." ~Greg Laurie (from "can a christian lose his or her salvation?")
Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord , and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Psalm 1 like many of the 150 contrasts the "righteous" person with the "wicked" or "ungodly" or the "sinner". The righteous person is one who takes care to know the laws of God and so has good judgment and avoids bad company. The result is the ability to withstand difficult times under God’s protection. The wicked person's behavior makes them vulnerable to disaster. At the final judgement there will be absolutely no contact between the righteous and wicked where the wicked will receive the consequences of their choice which will be eternal separation from God.
There is however hope for the wicked in Jesus Christ who came to earth to sacrifice Himself for the sin of all mankind even the wicked, which at one time included all of us..
When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior we become one of the righteous.
Romans 3:21-23 (HCSB)21 But now, apart from the law, God’s righteousness has been revealed—attested by the Law and the Prophets22 —that is, God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction.23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:1 (HCSB) Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 144:1-15 (NLT)1 Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.2 He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me.
3 O LORD, who are we that you should notice us, mere mortals that you should care for us?4 For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow.5 Open the heavens, LORD, and come down. Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.6 Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies! Shoot your arrows and confuse them!7 Reach down from heaven and rescue me; rescue me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies.8 Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.9 I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.10 For you grant victory to kings! You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.11 Save me! Rescue me from the power of my enemies. Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.12 May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.13 May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands,14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares.15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the LORD.
David Blesses God For His Mercy Both To Him And To Mankind
Psalm 144 may have been compiled from two or more different Psalms, and written after David’s putting down his son Absalom’s rebellion. In verses 1-11 the writer David praises God for His past blessings. He uses words similar to those in Psalm 8 to confess his humility before asking for help.
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place--4 what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?
He then asks that God deliver him from His enemies because they have broken treaties and brought false charges against him. Here here are references similar to those in Psalms 18 and 104.
Psalm 18:6-15 (NLT)6 But in my distress I cried out to the LORD; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.7 Then the earth quaked and trembled. The foundations of the mountains shook; they quaked because of his anger.8 Smoke poured from his nostrils; fierce flames leaped from his mouth. Glowing coals blazed forth from him.9 He opened the heavens and came down; dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.10 Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind.11 He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.12 Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals.13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals.14 He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.15 Then at your command, O LORD, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.
Psalm 104:1-4 (NLT)1 Let all that I am praise the LORD. O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty.2 You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;3 you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariot; you ride upon the wings of the wind.4 The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.
At the end of this section of the Psalm David promises to praise God for his deliverance
In verses 12-15 David prays not for himself but asks that God give His people Israel peace and prosperity.
When we read and meditate on Psalm 144, today, we can give God the glory for our spiritual privileges and advancements, and ask Him to deliver us from our enemies in spiritual warfare. We can pray for our spiritual prosperity, and that of our families, friends, the Church, and our nation.
In this Psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man, who He created a little lower and the angels, and his destiny reflects upon God. It develops the thought from the majesty of God’s throne in heaven to man and the earth over which man was to have dominion. Mankind is at the center of God's creation.
The question “What is mankind that you are mindful of them….?” is repeated in Hebrews when the writer speaks to the humanity of Jesus, who humbled Himself to become a man in order to save mankind.
Hebrews 2:5-9 (NIV) It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
God’s Glory Is Magnified By His Works, And By His Love To Man
Psalm 8:1-9 (NIV) Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
All of the Psalms are not songs of praise. Some of them are songs that describe deep despair. Psalm 141 is one of those songs. The writer, David, has suffered at the hands of the ungodly in Israel but rather than pray for deliverance from them he prays that God keep him from sin.
In His prayer David asks for strength to overcome temptation. He asks God for the power to guard his tongue, to keep him pure, and to keep him from taking part in the things, and pleasures of the wicked. He is certain that God will continue to strengthen him. He is also certain that God will turn the plan of the wicked back on them and they will fall into their own traps.
In order to apply this Psalm to us today we must change our perspective in times of adversity from our view to t God’s perspective. We should seek the Lord on and depend on Him to deliver us. We need not fear the because we know that God is good, that He loves us, and that He will never leave or forsake us.
Psalm 119:68 (NIV) You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV )Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Protection From Sin And Sinners
Psalm 141:1-10 (NIV) I call to you, Lord , come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Set a guard over my mouth, Lord ; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord ; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death. Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
Psalm 6, written by David, is a clear picture of a man in considerable distress because of a severe illness. Although he refers to his enemies, he’s really crying out for relief from his sickness. He believes that he is suffering because of God’s wrath resulting from sin.
A Cry For Relief
Psalm 6:1-10 NIV Lord , do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, Lord , for I am faint; heal me, Lord , for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord , how long? Turn, Lord , and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave? I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes. Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer. All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.
When you feel that your life is falling apart, you’re discouraged, confused and in trouble, when you're helpless and everything seems hopeless, don’t give up. It may not be an illness, it could be the end of a relationship, an eroding marriage, financial distress, a church hurt. It may be the result of your sin, or somebody else’s sin. It may be the result of living in a fallen world. No matter what the struggle, it causes groaning, tears, and grief. When you find yourself in these circumstances pray the words of Psalm 6. God has not left you alone.
Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jeremiah 29:11-12 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
God cares for us when we are hurting, so cry out to Him and allow Him to give you His peace
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.