A Hymn of Praise

Psalm 145:15-21

Good News Translation (GNT)

"let all his creatures praise his holy name"

15 All living things look hopefully to you,
   and you give them food when they need it.
16 You give them enough and satisfy the needs of all.
17 The Lord is righteous in all he does,
   merciful in all his acts.
18 He is near to those who call to him,
   who call to him with sincerity.
19 He supplies the needs of those who honour him
   he hears their cries and saves them.
20 He protects everyone who loves him,
   but he will destroy the wicked.
21 I will always praise the Lord;
   let all his creatures praise his holy name forever.

A compilation taken from 'word-on-the-web'
supplied by Scripture Union
and Our Daily Bread Ministries.

Love Without Limits

A wise friend advised me to avoid using the words "you always"
or "you never" in an argument -
especially with my family.
How easy it is to criticize others around us
and to feel unloving toward those we love.
But there is never any variation in God's enduring love for us all.

Psalm 145 overflows with the word all.

"He protects everyone who loves him" (v. 20).

A dozen times in this psalm we are reminded that God's love
is without limit and favouritism.

"The Lord is near to all who call on him,
  to all who call on him in truth.
  He fulfils the desires of those who fear him;
  he hears their cry and saves them" (vv. 18-19).

God's love for us always endures, and it never fails!

Spurgeon feels that Psalm 145 is David's favourite psalm.
The title is unique. It is full of praise.

Making the headlines

Who hits the headlines?
Whose picture appears on the cover of TIME magazine?
Who are the papers always talking about?
For the psalmist, there is simply no competition.
In his book, God makes the headlines in every paper;
the Lord is the theme of every song he sings;
the name on every pair of lips is none other than the Lord's.
The psalmist devotes most of the rest of his 'press space'
to acknowledging the many and varied reasons why God deserves praise.

It's easy enough to thank and praise God when he 'answers' prayer
or works a 'miracle' for us.
But how often, how sincerely and how enthusiastically
do we worship God simply for who he is?

What will you say and do to make
our amazing God 'headline news'
in your family, social circle, workplace or neighbourhood?

The wisdom literature reminds us that God is to be found in the everyday,
and the Psalms, many of which are rooted in wisdom thinking,
echo the cry.
God's praise, the worship of his people, belongs in the everyday.

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