“Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness” (Psalm 145:6).
Psalm 145T o gaze into the eyes of a newborn child … to place a wedding band on the delicate left hand of the woman you love more than you could have ever imagined possible … to climb a 14,000-foot Colorado mountain peak and stare wondrously into the pristine nighttime sky and behold thousands of sparkling stars spanning the galaxy … to observe a gifted artist capturing a visual wonder with astute perfection in every stroke of her brush on the canvas … to marvel at the harmonious notes declared by an utterly synchronized orchestra of 100 stringed violins … to scuba dive a Caribbean coral reef and behold countless multicolored fish, plants, and living rocks that span the vast aquarium below–the efforts of the imagination are endless as a God-worshipper attempts to find a comparative sight, thought, or experience that parallels the exhilaration of pure, unadulterated worship.
In Psalm 145, David tries—perhaps as in no other writing anywhere–to fathom, to behold, to stand in awe, to express the exhilaration that fills the heart, mind, and soul produced by the breadth, length, height, and depth of God’s love. To memorize and meditate on this masterpiece is to reshape your heart like clay on a potter’s wheel. To memorize and meditate on this incredible psalm takes you effortlessly into a zone of praise as you’ve never before experienced. This psalm is easily the crown jewel of worship.
- Psalm 145:1-2 – “I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.”
- What could happen to your relationship with God if you praised Him in this manner many times throughout your day?
- Psalm 145:3-4 – “Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”
- David was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” What thoughts and feelings toward God do the words of this psalm inspire in you?
- Psalm 145:5 – “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.”
- What makes daily meditation on psalms like this one so life-changing?
- Psalm 145:6-7 – “Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.”
- Do you, like David, find such thoughts of God too great to keep silent about? How freely do you express such praise? Why?
- Psalm 145: 8-13 – “The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power; to make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”
- Describe the picture of God that you see as you meditate on this fantastic passage.
- Psalm 145:17-21 – “The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. The Lord keeps all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”
- How much room is there for selfish, lustful, or other evil thoughts in a mind filled with these words of David? What conviction do they bring about your own thought life?
- What are you willing to do to eliminate such hostile and destructive thoughts?
John 13:15 – “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”
From today’s scripture, how does THE Shepherd inspire you to shepherd your flock?
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate” (Psalm 145:5).
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication