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Psalm 145

The Greatness and the Goodness of God

Praise. Of David.

1

I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

2

Every day I will bless you,

and praise your name forever and ever.

3

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

his greatness is unsearchable.

 

4

One generation shall laud your works to another,

and shall declare your mighty acts.

5

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,

and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

6

The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,

and I will declare your greatness.

7

They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,

and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

 

8

The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9

The Lord is good to all,

and his compassion is over all that he has made.

 

10

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your faithful shall bless you.

11

They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,

and tell of your power,

12

to make known to all people 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 gracious in all his deeds.

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,

satisfying the desire of every living thing.

17

The Lord is just in all his ways,

and kind in all his doings.

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 all who fear him;

he also hears their cry, and saves them.

20

The Lord watches over all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

 

21

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.


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Ps 145:1-21. A Psalm of praise to God for His mighty, righteous, and gracious government of all men, and of His humble and suffering people in particular.

1, 2. (Compare Ps 30:1).

bless thy name—celebrate Thy perfections (Ps 5:11). God is addressed as king, alluding to His government of men.

3. (Compare Ps 18:3; 48:1).

greatness—as displayed in His works.

4. shall declare—literally, "they shall declare," that is, all generations.

5. I will speak—or, "muse" (Ps 77:12; 119:15).

thy wondrous works—or, "words of thy wonders," that is, which described them (Ps 105:27, Margin).

6. terrible acts—which produce dread or fear.

7. memory—(Ps 6:5), remembrance, or what causes to be remembered.

righteousness—as in Ps 143:1, goodness according to covenant engagement.

8, 9. (Compare Ps 103:8; 111:4).

over all, &c.—rests on all His works.

10. bless—as in Ps 145:1, to praise with reverence, more than merely to praise.

11, 12. The declaration of God's glory is for the extension of His knowledge and perfections in the world.

13. (Compare Da 4:3, 34).

14. (Compare Ps 37:17; 54:4).

15, 16. eyes of … thee—or, look with expecting faith (Ps 104:27, 28).

17. holy … works—literally, "merciful" or "kind, goodness" (Ps 144:2) is the corresponding noun.

righteous—in a similar relation of meaning to "righteousness" (Ps 145:7).

18, 19. (Compare Ps 34:7, 10).

20. Those who fear Him (Ps 145:19) are those who are here said to love Him.

21. (Compare Ps 33:21).

all flesh—(Ps 65:2). The Psalm ends, as it began, with ascriptions of praise, in which the pious will ever delight to join.




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