Summary: The LORD preserves all who love Him. This is the flip side of our own perseverance.

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Psalm 145:8-9; Psalm 145:14-21

Psalm 145:8. Proclamation

“The LORD is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and merciful” (Psalm 145:8). This is similar to the self-revelation of the LORD to Moses (Exodus 34:6). It is an integral part of Israel’s understanding of their God (Numbers 14:18; Nehemiah 9:17; Jonah 4:2). The longsuffering of God is the last thread of hope for a perishing generation (2 Peter 3:9).

Psalm 145:9. Providence

We encounter a word which is translated “all” or “every” seventeen times throughout this Psalm. There is a sense of inclusiveness here, but also the particularity of “each” (Psalm 145:9). To say that the LORD is good to “all” could be quite general: to say that His tender mercies, or compassion, are over “all” His works, or “all” that He has made, is more specific.

Psalm 145:14. Protection

The LORD has a particular care towards the weak and vulnerable. He heard the cry of the children of Israel in their captivity, and set His mind to deliver them (Exodus 3:7-8). Thereafter He taught His people to care for strangers, widows and orphans - and the poor (Exodus 22:21-23, 25). This care is continued in the church (Hebrews 13:2; James 1:27; Galatians 2:9-10).

The LORD has a particular care towards those of His own who might otherwise fall (Psalm 73:1-2). He works ‘all’ things together for good (Romans 8:28), for the good of His ‘peculiar’ people (1 Peter 2:9).

Psalm 145:15. Prayer

Whether they know it or not, all flesh is dependant upon the LORD for their daily provision. Whether they acknowledge it or not, no man can find sufficient sustenance without the LORD. It is better therefore to seek Him first, knowing that He will add to us ‘all these things’ (Matthew 6:33).

Psalm 145:16. Provision

If God provides for the birds of the air, how much more for you (Matthew 6:25-27). It is good, therefore, to acknowledge God’s hand in all these things, and to gratefully receive His bountiful provision.

Psalm 145:17. Perfection

Our trust in the LORD is not based in our ability to believe, but in His perfections. He is righteous in all His ways: He is just. He is kind in all He does: He is holy.

Psalm 145:18. Presence

It is good that we can view the LORD as a God who is not only transcendent, but also immanent. He is present within His Creation. He is “near” to all who call upon Him. We should, therefore, ‘Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near’ (Isaiah 55:6).

The one true God, the God of all integrity (Deuteronomy 32:4; John 14:6; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 19:11) draws “nigh” unto all who call upon Him “in truth” - with a matching integrity of heart.

Psalm 145:19. Petitions

It is of the LORD’s mercy that He also hears our petitions. This is particularly addressed to “those who fear Him” - those who revere His Name. We may not presumptuously or blasphemously call out His Name at every approach of trouble: but when we nurture a relationship with him, He is there for us, always.

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