Summary: A study of Psalm 145. Verse by verse with daily life applications to better absorb the marvelous grace of our Lord.
Psalm 145 originates from true and wholesome worship from King David’s lips. With his last writing in the book of Psalm, David focuses on a wonderful God, who lives for eternity, with no beginning or end. Here we see a unification of praise. Anyone can sing this praise, Jew or Gentile, man or woman, and old and young.
Furthermore, David tells us that we are all recipients of God’s goodness and mercies. We all experience God’s magnitudes starting with His general revelations to those whom He chooses for His divine grace. David begins by exalting the Ruler of all creation. In this Psalm, he looks to Zion, beyond the skies to the throne of God.
Let us begin this study by first placing Christ in the throne of our hearts. In the center of all our being, the pump that flows life through our veins. Let us focus on His majesty, His wonders, His mystery, His gifts, and His magnitude.
1. GOD GENERATES A MAGNITUDE 1-6
1 "I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever."
(A relationship with God)
1A. David is saying that nobody can praise God apart from a personal relationship with Christ. Can you worship God without a personal relationship or trust in Christ? Trying to worship God apart from a personal relationship is improper.
1B. Here, we see evidence that David had long given up his rule to God. God was his King. Just like you and I, David was a man under authority. Notice that David did not consider an end to the Lordship in his life. It was “forever and ever.”
2 "Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever."
(David praising God-Every day)
2. We can see that David never let a day go by w/o praise. What a noble desire for us to imitate. He did not want to have to start out in the childlike mind state to learn how it was done. He wanted to take what he had learned (here on earth) in praising God, arrive into heaven and hit the ground running, able to praise God w/o delay.
3 "Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom."
(The mystery of God’s Person)
3. David is talking about the great I AM. The God whose name is unspeakable. This is the God who spoke through a burning bush (to whom?) Moses, who had to remove his sandals because he was standing in holy ground.
Our God is so covert (secret –His ways are higher than mine (Isaiah 55:9)) that no human being can fully understand Him. He is a God who reveals Himself in the Trinity - as the Father, - Son, and - H.S. Three in one and one in three.
When addressing the greatness of God, I want you to think about your existence here on earth, you have a beginning and will have an end. Your schooling will have a beginning and an end. Your pets have a beginning and an end. Everything we know has a beginning and an end. We all begin with an introduction and finish with a conclusion. Even angels had a beginning.
Now, I want you to think about God’s existence, He is a God who is w/o beginning or end. Can you try to comprehend this? This is pure faith. Surely, like King David in this Psalm of worship, we must fall to our knees and worship at His feet.
4 "One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts."
(The strength of His power)
4. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Our foundations of our faith in God begin on Gen 1:1. At the very least, look at His general revelation around us. The universe, with its planets, stars, moon, and sun speak of His might acts. Here one earth, mountains, canyons, and life speak of His mighty acts.
You will hear of man-thought theories about “mother nature”, but no amount of theories, however they are presented or delivered, broadcasted, or spread, will stop a Christ loving individual from praising God and giving real credit to the creator.
5 "They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works."
(The splendor of His works)
5. Here, David is amazed by the splendor of God’s majesty. The O.T. is full of God’s glorious splendor in the lives of the Israelites (the flood, the parting of the red sea, and Gen 3).
In the N.T. we see God’s works of mercy at the cross, where He fulfilled Gen 3. Where God poured His own wrath upon Himself for our sake. His cross is a symbol of divine grace for our sin. And this, like David, we should meditate on and give Him thanks.