A Heart of Praise (Psalm 145)

ww_psalmsHow often do you demonstrate a heart of praise? In this culture it can be challenging to have an attitude of praise because we take what we have for granted. We can become so bogged down by selfishness and pride that we lose sight of the blessings that God has given us. We need to be less focused on what we do not have and more on who God is and what He has done for us.

The word ‘psalm’ means a song or praise, yet Psalm 145 is the only psalm that has the title ‘A Song of Praise.’ The author of this psalm is David, and he is focusing his attention solely on praising God. Psalm 145 begins with him praising God. “1I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” When David speaks of blessing and praising God’s name forever and ever, he is not only thinking about doing it here on earth but also when he gets to heaven. Every single day, David is making it his aim to praise God.

In the next verses, we see that David praises God for His mighty acts and gracious character.  4One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”

David never loses sight of what is to come after his life here on earth. There is hope for the believer because of God’s everlasting kingdom. All who are saved will be with God for the rest of eternity, and there will be no more death, pain, sorrow, or tears (Rev. 21:4). God’s everlasting kingdom is something to look forward to and is something that David kept in mind. 10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works. 14 The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

David concludes this psalm by showing that the Lord cares for His people, and his resolve is for all mankind to praise the Lord forever. 17The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.”

“Praising God should be our daily work, for God is every day blessing us. His greatness and goodness cannot be comprehended, and when we have said what we can in praising Him, there is more to be said.”[1] We can only merely scratch the surface of all of the blessings God has given us. There is no end in sight to God’s greatness being fully discovered. From now through all eternity, we will not be able to fully comprehend it. It is important that we do not take God and what He has done for granted, but instead begin to cultivate a heart of praise.

Reflection Questions:

  • Do I have a heart of praise or a heart of pride?
  • Do I praise God every day for the blessings He has given me?
  • Do I praise God every day for who He is and what He has done?

[1] Keith Brooks, Summarized Bible: Complete Summary of the Old Testament (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009), 140.

ethan_thomasThis week’s devotional was written by Ethan Thomas. Ethan is a graduate of Crossroads Bible College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Counseling as well as in Management and Ethics. He enjoys serving in his local church. Most of all, he is happily married to his wife, Grace.

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