PSALM 145 TALK:   UNIVERSAL PRAISE FOR A UNIVERSAL GOD

PSALM 145 TALK:   UNIVERSAL PRAISE FOR A UNIVERSAL GOD

 (This is the eighth and final Psalm of a collection of eight Psalms attributed to King David in the fifth and final book of Psalms. This Psalm features the idea that the God of the bible is the one great universal God and is the creator of everything so he deserves universal praise. Also, this universal God is a God of love and justice and cares for those who turn to him in reverence and love but will destroy those who oppose him.)

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INTRODUCTION

I am not a universalist and Wikipedia defines Christian Universalism as,

“A doctrine stating that every human soul will ultimately be reconciled to God because of divine love and mercy”.

 However, if I believe the teaching of Psalm 145 I must believe in a God who is universal and who deserves and I believe receives universal praise. This Psalm ends with these words,

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord, let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever”.

 The Psalm also has the word, “all” 12 times in it in 9 verses, 9, 10, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 20 and it presents the God of the bible as the king of everything and everything is called “Your Kingdom” in verse 11 and 12 and “an everlasting kingdom” in verse 13.

The Christian faith is a universal faith as it is based on the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ he commanded his disciples in Mark 16: 15 to,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.

 However, there are people who the universal God will reject if they continue to oppose and not believe the Gospel of Christ as John declares in John 3: 18,

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.

 Even David speaks of this in Psalm 145 verse 20b,

“But all the wicked he will destroy”

 For many years now I have had the privilege of joining with Christians from many different parts of the world and have been united in Christ and in the message of his Gospel. Through this unity in Christ I have joined with them in wonderful universal praise to the God of the bible.

 Psalm 145 then has this wonderful theme of “Universal Praise for a universal God” and it is the final Psalm the book of Psalm attributes to David but it is also the first of the final six Psalms of the book of Psalms that feature the concept of “Praising God”.

We have no idea when David wrote this Psalm but it certainly is a Psalm of David as it has his fingerprints all over it.

The Psalm is the last acrostic Psalm and there are six others and H.C. Leupold explains well what an acrostic Psalm is with these words,

“Each successive verse begins with a new letter of the Hebrew alphabet”.

 Although for some reason one letter of the Hebrew alphabet is missing and I could not find a convincing argument to why this is the case. However, I do believe this involved style of writing was used for the purpose of being an aid to memorisation as ancient people had no books to carry around and scripture had to be committed to memory.

David was a Jew but his God was very big and as someone once said to me, “If you want to have big faith then you must get a big view of God”. David’s God was not just the local God of Israel but as he said at the start of his Psalm he is,

“God the King”

 and his kingdom is as verse 13 says is,

“An everlasting kingdom, and your domain endures through all generations”

 All this reminds me of what we pray at the end of the Lord’s prayer:

“For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen”.

So, in this Psalm talk I want to promote a big faith in God by presenting a big view of an amazing universal God of love and my headings for the breakdown of this Psalm reflect this:

  1. (1 – 7)  A CALL FOR PRAISE OF A UNIVERSAL GOD
  1. (1 – 2) I will praise God the king of everything
  2. (3 – 7 God’s greatness and worthiness praised and proclaimed

      2    (8 – 13a)  THE UNIVERSAL GOD OF LOVE

  1. (8 – 9) The God of universal love
  2. (10-13a) Universal praise of God the king of everything

      3   (13b- 20)  THE UNIVERSAL GOD WHO CARES FOR HIS UNIVERSE

  1. (13b -16) The universal God looks after all creatures
  2. (17 – 20) The universal God is faithful to those who love him

      4   (vs. 21)    A CALL FOR UNIVERSAL PRAISE

 With these headings in mind lets then look closely at this incredible last Psalm of David in the book of Psalms:

  1. (1 – 7)  A CALL FOR PRAISE OF A UNIVERSAL GOD
  1. (1 – 2) I will praise God the king of everything

The Psalm starts with an amazing call to praise and in two verses David uses three words to describe his longing to worship his God he calls king and those three words are:

“Exalt”, “Praise” and “Extol”

These two verses read’s this way,

“I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever”.

Each of the three worship words mean much the same thing and David’s desire is to practice praise filled worship forever Albert Barnes describes this desire to praise this way,

“I will lift up thy name and praise, so that it may be heard afar. I will bless or praise thee. I will do it in all the future. I will do it in time; I will do it in eternity”.

 What is your picture of heaven?

Most of us as sinful fallen creatures still have a self- based view of heaven like an eternal relaxing holiday in paradise but the bible and particularly the book of Revelation has a very different view of heaven as a place yes of peace and wonder but a place filled with endless days of enormous unified praise as we see in a passage like Revelation 19: 1 – 8,

After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:“Hallelujah!Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,2 for true and just are his judgments.He has condemned the great prostitutewho corrupted the earth by her adulteries.He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

  And again they shouted:“Hallelujah!The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:“Amen, Hallelujah!”

 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:“Praise our God, all you his servants,you who fear him,both great and small!”Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.Let us rejoice and be gladand give him glory!For the wedding of the Lamb has come,and his bride has made herself ready.Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

If you don’t like joining together with other believers in praise and worship in this life then you won’t be looking forward to heaven as heaven according to Revelation 19 is a place of multitudes of creatures great and small praising God forever.

Even in this life praise and thanks is the prime activity God wants us to be involved in according to 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18,

“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

 Note Pauls words, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” so praise and thanks should be at the heart of all we do in the Christian life.

Finally, David twice in these opening verses of Psalm 145 speaks of praising God’s name,

“I will praise your name forever and ever”and “I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever”

 So, what does it mean to praise God’s name?

God’s name in the bible is his very character and therefore involves all we know about him. In this Psalm David will declare much of God’s character or who God really is and in the opening verse he describes God as,

“The King”

David is a king but his kingship comes from God and is limited to a small part of the world called Israel but God is a far greater and worthy king than David as he is the king of everything. God therefore is a greater king of any king before or since David.

Earthly kings throughout history have seen themselves as so great and powerful that they have thought of themselves as divine and we have examples of this in the bible like King Nebuchadnezzar and in the times of the Roman Empire where kings of Rome known as Caesar’s like Augustus declared themselves as God and demanded their subjects fall down and worship them.

All these earthly kings had a time of powerful reign but all of them died and there so called divine power and might dyed with them.

Only the God of heaven and earth reigns supreme forever and his name or character alone deserves our praise and worship. As Paul declares in Roman 11: 36,

“For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen”.

We will learn more about God’s character in the rest of this Psalm that should encourage and inspire our eternal praise and gratitude.

 

        2. (3 – 7)   God’s greatness and worthiness praised and proclaimed

David continues to build up a great picture of the character of God and therefore his worthiness of praise in these next four verses, which I have broken down this way:

  1. God’s greatness no-one can fathom (vs. 3)
  2. The message of God’s greatness each generation declares (vs. 4)
  3. The message of God’s greatness each generation declares spelt out (5 – 7)

Let’s then have a closer look at these three aspects of God’s greatness each generation declares:

  1. God’s greatness no-on can fathom (vs. 3)

In verse 3 David speaks of the greatness and worthiness of God to be praised as unfathomable,

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom”.

 David speaks of the greatness and unfathomable nature of the God of the bible this way in Psalm 40 verse 5,

“Many, Lord my God,are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”

 Paul in his doxology in Romans 11 which I previously quoted from with verse 36 says this in the verses leading up to that verse, verses 33 – 35,

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom andknowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments,and his paths beyond tracing out!34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?Or who has been his counsellor?”35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”

 I always try to keep in mind in my study on the Psalms that I can come to a reasonable understanding of them with careful and prayerful study of them but I can never believe I can totally plumb the depths of their teaching and this is why Christians can study the bible all their lives and still keep finding new understandings of what God is saying to us through it.

  1. The message of God’s greatness each generation declares (vs. 4)

David then raises a very important issue of how God wants each generation to pass on the great message of the great works and character of God, he writes this in verse 4,

“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts”.

 Some commentators believe David is referring to God’s command to believing parents in the book of Deuteronomy to teach their children the deeds and knowledge of God, like Deuteronomy 6: 1 – 3,

“These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you”.

 Then in verses 20 – 25 of that same chapter we read,

In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the Lord sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

 Paul speaks of this teaching or passing on the message of God to the next generation in his advice to Timothy when he first reminds Timothy of how he came to be a believer himself in 2 Timothy 1: 5,

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also”.

 Then he commands Timothy to do the same sort of thing in his ministry for the Lord in 2 Timothy 2: 1 – 2,

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”

 I came to faith and my understanding of God’s word through the faithful ministries of many Christian believers of the previous generation to mine passing on the message of the Gospel to me and for many years I was involved in children and youth ministry passing the message of the Gospel on to my next generation and it encourages me greatly to see them doing the same today to their next generation.

Even today my work on the Psalms is published in an attempt to pass on to my current generation God given insights to his word and hopefully future generations as well.

  1. The message of God’s greatness each generation declares spelt out (5 – 7)

We have in these three verses some of those wonderful characteristics I spoke of earlier as some of the decrees or teaching each generation should and indeed must pass on. I read the other day of what the writer of the articles called the failure of the eighteenth century American generation of the great evangelical revival often called the 18thcentury awaking for not passing on effectively their great insights of God and his word to the next generation.

This article, I believe did pick up some aspects of what happened then but failed to acknowledge the great push and expansion of missionary work this revival did produce organisations like The Baptist Missionary Society in 1792 in America through men like William Carey and The Church Missionary Society in England around 1799.

However, each generation we have just seen must engage in preaching and teaching and disciplining new converts and Psalm 145 verses 5 – 7 in summary spells out the sorts of things that should be passed on through preaching, teaching and disciplining and I see six things hear in these verses:

  1. Speak of God’s splendour and majesty (vs. 5a)
  2. Meditate on God’s wonderful works (vs. 5b)
  3. Tell of God’s powerful and awesome works (vs. 6a)
  4. Proclaim God’s great deeds (vs. 6b)
  5. Celebrate God’s abundance goodness (7a)
  6. Joyfully sing of God’s righteousness (7b)

Let me comment briefly on each of these 6 things these verses tell us we should do for the next generation:

  1. Speak of God’s splendour and majesty (vs. 5a)

We read these words in verse 5a,

“They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty”

 We see God’s splendour and majesty through God’s acts or deeds in creation and salvation. David referred to this often in his Psalms like God’s glory and splendour in his acts of creation in Psalm 19: 1,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands”

 or even better Psalm 8: 1,

“Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens”.

 So far as God’s acts of Salvation showing his splendour and majesty we have the Sons of Korah speaking plainly of this in Psalm 45: 4 – 5,

“In your majesty ride forth victoriously:  in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s

enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet”.

 Then David speaks of how God gave him glory through his victories or salvation over his enemies which revealed his splendour and majesty in Psalm 21: 5,

“Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendour and majesty”.

 In the New Testament, the glory of God is seen in Christ, the word become flesh for our salvation John 1: 14,

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth”.

 And how the glory and majesty of God is seen through the death and resurrection of Christ enabling our salvation by grace alone which Paul speaks of so beautifully in Ephesians 1: 6 – 8,

“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding”.

 So, we should speak to our generation and the next of God’s acts of splendour and majesty in Christ.

  1. Meditate on God’s wonderful works (vs. 5b)

This followers on from speaking of God’s glorious splendour and majesty encouraging us to mediate on Gods wonderful acts,

“And I will meditate on your wonderful works”.

 Remember God’s works are seen in creation and salvation and we mediate or prayerfully think on them, seeking to inwardly digest the message of his creation and salvation through what we read of them in his revealed word we call the bible.

In Psalm 19 David speaks of God’s message of creation in verses 1 – 6 and then moves onto the message of what he calls the law of the Lord, another name for the word of God in verses 7 to 11,

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.The commands of the Lord are radiant,giving light to the eyes.The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward”.

Paul speaks of the role and place of the bible in the Christian life in 2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17,

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

 So well speak and now mediate on God’s mighty works in creation and salvation while we are alive in this generation and we should seek to pass it on to the next as well.

  1. Tell of God’s powerful and awesome works (vs. 6a)

A similar expression of what we should pass on to the next generation appears in the start of verse 6,

“They tell of the power of your awesome works”.

 I have a detailed explanation of this biblical word “awesome” in my Psalm talk for Psalm 66 which features it. I speak there of how modern youth culture has devalued the meaning of the word, “awesome” and today it simply means something is good or exciting but awesome here in Psalm 145 and particularly Psalm 66 means that what God has done in the past to save us is unbelievably great and wonderful, unbelievably “AWESOME”.

The writer of Psalm 66 who could be David and certainly David hear in Psalm 145 probably has God’s great work of saving his people out of Egypt as his awesome works. Listen to what the writer of Psalm 66 says in verses 5 – 7,

“Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the waters on foot— come, let us rejoice in him.He rules forever by his power; his eyes watch the nations— let not the rebellious rise up against him”.

 This is an obvious reference to God’s acts of salvation in the Exodus when he dried up the waters of the sea for his people to safely cross and then closed those waters on the Egyptians destroying their enemies who because they opposed God and his people were God’s enemies under God’s judgment.

In the New Testament we have the awesome act of God in the sending of his Son to die on the cross for our sins making a way for us through the dark waters of death into the loving arms of God in heaven as we read in a passage like Hebrews 2: 9 – 11,

“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

 10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So, Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters”.

 This is an “AWESOME” message we should be inspired to tell this generation and the next.

  1. Proclaim God’s great deeds (vs. 6b)

Verse 6 concludes with,

“And I will proclaim your great deeds”.

David was keen on proclaiming what he knew about God and what God had done for him and spoke about it often in his Psalms like Psalm 26: 6 – 7,

I wash my hands in innocence,and go about your altar, Lord,proclaiming aloud your praise

 and telling of all your wonderful deeds”

 Or Psalm 40: 9,

“I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;I do not seal my lips, Lord,as you know”.

 David uses another word for proclaim in his Psalms which is declare and his Psalm 96 verse 3 shows us that he not only spoke of proclaiming God’s deeds to Israel when they gathered to worship God but he also desired to proclaim or declare God’s deeds to the nations or the world as we see in Psalm 96: 3,

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all people’s”

 So, even David had a universal vision for the message of the one great saving God who is described this way in John 3: 16,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

 And as I said in my introduction to this Psalm Jesus had a universal vision and command to proclaim his Gospel message to all of creation as we see in Mark 16: 15 to,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.

 Preach is another word for proclaim or declare and every generation needs to hear the message of the Gospel to be saved.

  1. Celebrate God’s abundance goodness (7a)

Verse 7 speaks of another activity each generation should be involved in and that is celebrations. We read these words in verse 7a,

“They celebrate your abundant goodness”.

 The Jewish faith and tradition was full of celebrations most of which we as Christians do not practice as they relate to the Old Testament sacrificial system which has be superseded by the coming of Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant through his death on the cross and his rising from the dead on the third day after his death,

Jesus instituted a new way of remembering and celebrating his death and resurrection which is called by a variety of names like The Lord’s Supper or Communion but the New Testament shows particularly 1 Corinthians 10: 14 – 23 and 11: 17 – 34 that the church celebrated regularly together the coming of Christ and his death and resurrection with a form of Lord’s supper.

I had a lengthy discussion with a close relative recently about a church his son was attending that totally banned the celebration of Christmas. This turned out to be a much more complex question than I first thought but I agreed that the commercial and secular style of Christmas has big issues Christians should avoid.

However, I believe there is a Christian way to celebrate Christ coming to earth through his birth and Christmas provides us a great opportunity for Christians to proclaim why Jesus came and who he really is. My Church last Christmas held a wonderful outdoor carols service that many members of the public attended and the Gospel was proclaimed in a wonderful way at that event.

Easter celebrations is not so controversial among Christians except for the pagan and secular elements of Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies but again Easter has both a Christian way of being celebrated and also provides Christians with the opportunity of proclaiming generation after generation why Christ came and what he has achieved for us through his death and resurrection.

  1. Joyfully sing of God’s righteousness (7b)

I spoke before of David’s great desire to proclaim or declare God’s wonderful deeds throughout the book of Psalms but he also longed to do this through song or music. We see this in the last part of verse 7 of this Psalm which says,

“And joyfully sing of your righteousness”.

 God’s righteousness is another great aspect or characteristic of the God of the bible and David spoke a lot about that as well like Psalm 36: 6,

“Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals”.

 God is holy and totally true and reliable and out of his righteousness comes his love as in the New Testament Jesus had to give his life as a sacrifice for our sins to secure our righteousness before God as Spurgeon puts it,

“Jesus died as our substitute, righteousness requires and secures the salvation of all the redeemed”.

 David knew that he needed God’s forgiveness and trusted in the righteous loving God for it. David and many of the Psalm writers seek to proclaim both the righteousness of God and his salvation and love of God though song as we read of in Psalm 98: 1 – 3,

“Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things;his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.The Lord has made his salvation knownand revealed his righteousness to the nations.He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen, the salvation of our God”.

 Music has been and still is a powerful medium for proclaiming the message of the word of God and particularly the Gospel to our world and even Paul spoke of it twice in his letters in Ephesians 5: 19 – 21 and Colossians 3: 15 – 17.

I like the Colossians passage as here Paul speaks of communicating the message of Christ and using song or music as a way of doing this,

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”.

      2    (8 – 13a)  THE UNIVERSAL GOD OF LOVE

  1. (8 – 9) The God of universal love

We now come to the first of many verses that use the word “all’ and it starts with verse 9. The term “all” makes this Psalm clearly a universal message or a message for every man women and child on the face on the earth no matter what nation, tribe or tongue they come from.

David makes a dual statement about this universal God in verses 8 and 9 which states another characteristic of the God of the bible that is unique when compared to what other religions or faiths proclaim about God. That uniqueness is:

  1. Gracious and compassionate and rich in love (vs. 8)
  2. Good and compassionate (vs. 9)

Let’s then have a close look at each of these wonderful attributes of God that David speaks of in verses 8 and 9.

  1. Gracious and compassionate and rich in love (vs. 8)

This universal God of the bible has made himself known in a variety of ways over a long period of time and what David draws on or is at least thinking about in verses 8 and 9 is God’s amazing revelation of himself when he met with Moses on the top of Mount Sinai when he gave his people his covenant of love to Moses and his people Israel.

We read these words in Exodus 34: 6 – 7a,

“And he (God) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin”.

 With this in mind then David writes in verse 8,

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love”.

 All other religions apart from the Jewish / Christian faiths present a different picture of God as usually an avenging God of judgment. We have today extreme Muslim believers who act on God’s behalf showing no mercy and love as they literally slaughter non-Muslim believers and even Muslim believers who don’t agree with their views of God who they call Allah and his supposed holy book called the Koran.

Christians take the love and compassion of God to an even higher level as they believe in the Christian Gospel so wonderfully expressed in the words of the famous verse John 3: 16,

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

 This giving of God’s Son in death on the cross is the supreme act of gracious compassion and love and demonstrates that God is indeed slow to anger which is the complete opposite of the extreme Muslims who are quick to judge and in their God’s name inflict terrible judgment on non- believers who will not turn to their view of God and his unmerciful ways.

Paul makes it clear that even though the God of the bible will judge and even must judge sin he has provided a universal answer to our sin problem and the judgment it deserves and he loves us or shows mercy or grace to us not after we have cleaned ourselves up and become good people but as Paul says in Romans 5: 8,

 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

 Paul goes on to explain how Christ great act of love for us on the cross saves us from God’s judgment or wrath and gives us the gift of reconciliation or being made right with God, Romans 5: 9- 11,

“9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation”.

 This great love of God should inspire us to give our lives in universal praise, a praise we can do with people from all over the globe as we are all one in Christ as Paul declares in Galatians 3: 28.

  1. Good and compassionate (vs. 9)

I believe with Exodus 34: 6 – 7b still in mind David makes a great universal statement of the love and goodness of the God of the bible with the first uses of the word or term, “all” in verse 9, he writes,

“The Lord is good to all, he has compassion on allhe has made”.

 Jesus states clearly the universal goodness of God on every man women and child in what he says in Matthew 5: 45,

“He (God) causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”.

 This statement of Jesus comes in the middle of Jesus instructions on how we should treat those who oppose us and even persecute us, Matthew 5: 43 – 48,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbourand hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.

 Luke records similar teaching of Jesus in Luke chapter 6 but adds one important point to why we should love our enemies in verse 36,

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful”.

 So, we must always remember that God showed mercy to us in forgiving our sins on the cross of Christ and so we are not saved by our own good deeds but by the loving good deeds of God through Christ.

This means we rely on the great mercy and goodness of God and therefore we must show that same kind of mercy and love to others even to our enemies.

I mentioned before about how today many Christian believers are being ruthlessly persecuted by extreme Muslims and I have read of countless stories of Christians showing their unmerciful persecutors love even at the point of death and many on lookers have been so impressed by these acts of showing love to their persecutors that they have sought out Christians to know more about the God they believe in and in some cases, some of them have become followers of Christ themselves.

The church in China has been recently caught up in further attempts by the atheistic antigod government to destroy them only to find that instead of killing off people following Christ they have only caused more people to turn to Christ owing to the brave and loving reaction of believers to the harsh persecution they have suffered.

This great goodness and love or compassion of God should lead us to universal praise like Paul speaks of in Romans 8: 37 – 39,

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. 

           2  (10-13a)  Universal praise of God the king of everything

 This second section of Psalm 145 moves from the love and mercy of God to the great works or acts of God that his love and mercy makes possible and we have in verses 10 – 13 four further reasons for universal praise.

The four reasons for universal praise I see in these three and a half verses are:

  1. God’s works (vs. 10)
  2. God’s glory and might (vs. 11)
  3. God’s mighty acts (vs. 12)
  4. God’s everlasting kingdom (vs. 13b)

I will comment on each these four reasons for universal praise:

  1. God’s works (vs. 10)

In verse 10 we read,

“All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you”

 Note how this verse seems to suggest that God’s actual works themselves praise him which is beautifully expressed by David in Psalm 19: 1,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of his hands”.

 David is saying creation itself praises God by just being there and being so amazingly beautiful. I can imagine David as a young shepherd out in the fields at night looking up at the stars filling the sky and being inspired to write and sing the words of Psalm 8: 1,

“Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens”.

Some commentators say that Psalm 19: 1 is David looking into the daylight sky and praising God while Psalm 8: 1 is David looking into the night time sky and praising God.

However, the works of God are not just the day and night time skies but all of creation as Spurgeon speaks of in these words,

“The skill, kindness, and power manifested in the formation of each living thing is in itself to the praise of God, and when observed by an intelligent mind the Lord is honoured thereby”.

 However, God’s great works are not just what we see in creation but are especially seen in the works of God for his people as we read in the second half of verse 10,

“Your faithful people extol you”.

 The saving works of God in saving David is extolled or praised by David in Psalm 57: 3,

“He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me – God sends forth his love and his faithfulness”.

 God’s works for his faithful people in The New Testament is seen primarily in God sending from heaven his only son to die on the cross for our sins something we as his people or those who believe in him should always praise him for. Paul gives thanks for God’s acts of love and grace for him and the faithful followers of Christ in the Corinthian church at the start of his first letter to the Corinthians chapter 1 verses 4 and 5,

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge”. 

  1. God’s glory and might (vs. 11)

The next reason for universal praise is the glory and might of God’s domain called here God’s kingdom,

“They tell of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of your might”.

 So, the objects of God’s creation called God’s ‘works” in the previous verse, verse 10 joined with God’s faithful people to praise him for his glory and might. This glory is the glory of God’s domain here called his kingdom and Spurgeon explains,

“Those who bless God from their hearts rejoice to see God enthroned, glorified, and magnified in power”.

 It is like the final words of the Lord’s prayer I quoted in my introduction that says,

“For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen”.

If God is our God and he alone, we believe deserves our universal praise then we should be always ready to tell or speak of the glory of God and his kingdom.

As Jude so comprehensively speaks of in verses 24 – 25,

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen”.

  1. God’s mighty acts (vs. 12)

The purpose of this universal praise is now spelt out in verse 12 that says,

“So that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendour of your kingdom”.

 The message of what God has done both in creation and salvation is both praised and now made known or as David said in verse 6 proclaimed to everyone in the universe. John 3: 16 says that God loves the world not just the Jews or any other one group of people.

Sadly, the way some Christians think and act God doesn’t love the world only a certain part of it or a certain race or tribe within it but as I alluded to earlier Paul says in Galatians 3: 28

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.

 The impact of this verse really hit me the first time I attended a large Christian convention which was at Katoomba 2 hors drive from Sydney. As I entered the large metal building conventions are held in there I saw a large sign that sits above the speaker’s dais there that reads, “All One in Christ”.

I was there with Christians and God seekers from all kinds of Christian denominations and places all over Australia and maybe from other countries as well but in Christ if we are in him we are all one.

We are also one in the knowledge of God’s mighty acts particularly in Christ and we are all one in the glory of God’s splendour of his universal kingdom. Certainly,

“Thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen”.

I have also attended since that first Christian convention in Katoomba a number of missionary focused conventions held by The Church Missionary society and it is the mighty acts of God particularly in Christ and the glory and splendour of his kingdom that has inspired me and others to take the message of his kingdom, the Gospel to the ends of the earth as Jesus commanded us to in Mark 16: 15 to,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”. 

  1. God’s everlasting kingdom (vs. 13b)

David closes with the fourth reason for universal praise which is the eternal nature of his kingdom which verse 13b calls and everlasting kingdom, David writes,

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your domain endures through all generations”.

 So, God’s kingdom is not only universal in scope but eternal in time and Albert Barnes explains what this means with these words,

The meaning is, that the reign of God will continue forever and ever. It will never pass away as other dominions do; it will not change as dynasties do among people; it will not be overthrown as they are; its great principles will stand firm forever and ever”.

 Paul speaks of God as the King and of his glory, honour and everlastingness in this way in 1 Timothy 1: 17,

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen”.

 I spoke in my introduction of how we can have a big faith in God and I said to get this we must get a big view of God you cannot get any bigger view of God than God being the glorious King of a universal kingdom that will last forever.

      3   (13b- 20)  THE UNIVERSAL GOD WHO CARES FOR HIS UNIVERSE

  1. (13b -16) The universal God looks after all creatures

The third section gives even more reasons why we should offer the God the bible universal praise. The reasons for praise given in this section are of an earthlier practical nature and my breakdown for this third section is:

  1. God’s promises are trustworthy (vs. 13b)
  2. The Lord upholds the fallen (vs. 14)
  3. Those who look to God are given food (vs. 15)
  1. God satisfies the desires of every living thing (vs. 16)

Let’s then have a closer look at each of these four earthlier practical reasons for giving God universal praise:

  1. God’s promises are trustworthy (vs. 13b)

The bible is filled with the promises of God and one web page I looked at on the net said there are 5,467 promises in the bible so it is not surprising that the first earthlier and practical reason for giving God universal praise is his trustworthy promises as verse 13b says,

“The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does”.

 The MSG version translates this verse as,

“God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does”.

 I like the old him called “Standing on the Promises” by Allan Jackson which says,

Standing on the promises of Christ my King
Through eternal ages let his praises ring
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing
Standing on the promises of God.

 Chorus:

 Standing, standing
Standing on the promises of God my Saviour
Standing, standing
I’m standing on the promises of God.

 Standing on the promises, I cannot fall
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Saviour as my all in all
Standing on the promises of God.

 Chorus:

 Standing, standing
Standing on the promises of Christ my Savior
Standing, standing
I’m standing on the promises of God.

 So, we can take God at his word and stand or trust in his promises knowing that he is a faithful God which means you can trust that he will keep his promises to us. Paul had confidence in the promises of God for he said this about them in 2 Corinthians 1: 20,

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God”.

 Note how Paul saw Jesus Christ as the “Yes” of all God’s promises because he made the way back to God and through him we have access to God as the writer to the Hebrews puts it in Hebrews 4: 14 – 16,

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”.

 So, we can offer universal praise to God for his promises are many and trustworthy because he is a faithful God in all that he does.

  1. The Lord upholds the fallen (vs. 14)

The word about God’s promises being a reason for universal praise because God keeps them is followed by an actual promise that says,

“The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down”.

 All of God’s promises in the bible contain some kind of condition attached to them and this one is no different as God upholds the fallen but the fallen must bow down before him. Bowing down before the Lord is another way of saying looking to the Lord and trusting in him.

There are many promises of God that speak of God lifting up the lowly if they but look to him and I like this promise in the book of James when James says in James 4: 8 – 10,

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”.

 Note how James alludes to a number of conditions of God keeping this promise.

James speaks of coming near to God, repenting of your sins which is pictured by washing your hands and purifying your hearts and finally changing your selfish sinful attitudes of seeking worldly pleasure represented by changing your laughter and joy to mourning and gloom.

Finally James says we must humble ourselves before the Lord which is like bowing down before the Lord in Psalm 145 verse 14.

2.   Those who look to God are given food (vs. 15)

Following the promise of the Lord lifting up those who have fallen who look to him or bow to him we have the very practical promise of God providing food of all who look to him, verse 15 says,

“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time”.

 When you think about it wherever can any creature look for food than the great universal God who is the maker and provider for everyone.

Sadly many men and women today do not acknowledge the God of the universe and do not look to him and yet mostly they also receive the food they need to eat each day as I mentioned before Jesus said in Matthew 5: 45,

“He (God) causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”.

 Because we live in a fallen sinful world sometimes God does stop or hinder the provision of food through drought or famine but this I believe is to send a practical message to our sinful rebellious world that they need God’s hand of loving provision for even their daily need of food.

God deserves universal praise then for his provision of food daily and this is why many Christians practice saying grace before a meal as a way of offering that kind of praise or thanks to God.

3.   God satisfies the desires of every living thing (vs. 16)

Verse 16 speaks of the natural order of all living creatures again making the scope of the message truly universal and so David writes,

“You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing”.

 God has set up intricate environmental systems for all living creatures satisfying all they need to survive. David gives an illustration of this natural order in action in Psalm 104: verses 21 – 22,

“The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.22 The sun rises, and they steal away;they return and lie down in their dens”.

 However, we all know this natural order has been disrupted and its disruption is a result of the sin and rebellion of mankind. Mankind’s sinful actions has not only disrupted God’s natural order but in some cases, we have destroyed environmental ecologies and Paul speaks of this in Romans 8: 18 – 21,

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 thatthe creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God”.

 God’s natural order has not gone away as it is still operating even though sinful human activity has damaged it. God brings about,

“Satisfying the desires of every living things”

 By his salvation action plan which Paul goes on to speak about in Romans 8: 22 – 25,

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”.

 Paul spells out this hope or God’s rescue plan for us and our world in other places in his letter to the Romans and there is no better example of this than Romans 5: 1 – 5,

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And weboast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wealso glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

 That is the hope we have and then Paul makes clear God’s action plan to save us in verses 6 – 8,

 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.

 God’s universal action plan or salvation plan should or must be shared to the entire universe and will lead to universal praise.

  1. (17 – 20) The universal God is faithful to those who love him

 The practical side of the reasons for universal praise continues but in this section part of the third section of this Psalm the reasons for universal praise get far more personal or personally specific.

I have broken these practical more personal reasons for universal praise into the following 

  1. The Lord is righteous and faithful in all he does (vs. 17)
  2. The Lord is near to all who call upon him (vs. 18)
  3. The Lord fulfils the desires of those who fear him and call on him (vs. 19)
  4. The Lord watches over all who love him (vs. 20)

Let me now make a few comments about each of these four more practical and more personal reasons for universal praise.

  1. The Lord is righteous and faithful in all he does (vs. 17)

Allan Harman writes,

“In the manner in which God operates he always deals in accordance with the norms he has set”.

This is what verse 17 is saying,

“The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does”.

 The God of the bible is constantly pictured in that book as a righteous or Holy God but he is also pictured or proclaimed as a loving and faithful God. Psalm 116 verse 5 spells out the complete nature of God when it says,

“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion”.

 The extreme Muslim engaged in supposed vengeance for a God of judgment has somehow got a lopsided view of God and lopsided views of God can lead to very wrong and dangerous actions by those who have them.

The universal God of the bible is righteous but he is also faithful and loving so much so that he was willing to send his only Son into the world to become sin for us even though he knew no sin so that we might have the righteousness of God as Paul states clearly in 1 Corinthians 5: 21,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.

 This non – lopsided full and correct view of God leads to deeds of merciful love rather than deeds of bloody vengeance and of course inspires us to universal praise for a universal God.

           2.   The Lord is near to all who call upon him (vs. 18)

I said earlier that this third and final section of Psalm145 contains personal and more practical reasons for us to engage in universal praise for a universal God and verse 18 is a wonderful example of that for it says,

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”.

 I have heard people say that they tried out prayer and it did not work for them and I think it did not work because it is not supposed to work in the sense that you ask God for something and he gives it to you.

No, prayer is not simply asking God for things but is more like a conversation with a good friend, sure in conversations with good friends we ask for things sometimes but real friendship is not based on how much we can get out of someone but how we can help each other and have deeper fellowship together.

Verse 18 does not say,

“The Lord gives you what you want when you call on him”

 It says,

“The Lord is near to all who call on him”

 In verse 17 we learnt that God is righteous, faithful and loving and we know he is the universal king who is great and powerful so if he is near to us we have a powerful friend who promises things like Paul speaks of in Romans 8: 28,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

 The second half of the verse 18 is like the condition of the promise that the Lord is near to those who call on him for it says,

“To all who call on him in truth”.

 Another reason a person might say, I tried prayer and it did not work for me is because they did it in the wrong way. The second half of the verse says we must call on him in truth. Jesus makes it clear what that means in John 8: 31 – 32,

“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 The teachings of Jesus are what the New Testament is all about for even the letters of Paul, John and Peter and other disciples of Christ are the teachings of Jesus explained so to hold to Jesus teaching is to trust and obey his word.

The words of King David in the Old Testament are the truth of God pointing us to the reality of Jesus. It’s been said that the Old Testament is understood by the New Testament but the New Testament is fleshed out and fully understood by the Old Testament.

So, universal praise is inspired by the presence of the King of the universe coming near to us as we call on him in and through the truth of his word.

3. The Lord fulfils the desires and answers the prays of those fear and call on him (vs. 19)

If we call on God in truth or according to his word which is the truth about God and God is near then David says in verse 19,

“He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them”.

 If we go to God only asking him for things we want like some kind of God like Santa Clause then our desires will be more than often sinful but if we go to God in faith trusting in him as the mighty universal God we now know through his word the bible then what we ask for is right and true.

This is what fearing God is really all about, it is acknowledging God as the great and powerful universal God who deserves our thanks and praise. If we really fear God or reverence him then our desires will be pure and true and of course according to this verse and many others God will fulfil them.

Listen to what David said about his God in Psalm 34: 8,

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him”.

 Or what Jesus said in Matthew 7: 7,

“Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you”.

 Paul speaks a lot about the value of real sincere God’s word focussed prayer in his many letters and says this in Philippians 4: 7 – 8,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

 In the second half of this verse David says,

“He (God) hears their cry and saves them”

 So, what David’s desire is for salvation probably in the sense of deliverance from his many enemies but in the New Testament Salvation is usually in the spiritual sense of being saved from our sins and if we call on the name of the Lord Jesus and believe in him our desire for salvation will be fulfilled by God according to verses like Romans 10: 13,

“For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 This again should be grounds for universal praise for this faithful loving universal God.

4.   The Lord watches over all who love him (vs. 20)

This last practical and personal reason for universal praise has actually two distinct parts:

  1. The Lord watching over those who love him
  2. The Lord destroying the wicked

Let’s then have a look at these two parts and see how they both relate to a reason for universal praise.

  1. The Lord watching over those who love him

The first part continues the previous two points and actually sums them up. We have learnt so far from this third and final section that The Lord, the God of the bible is a righteous and faithful loving God who is near to those who call on him and who call on him in truth or through what he has revealed in his word. He therefore promises to fulfil their Godly desires particularly their deep and real desire for salvation from the consequences of their sins.

Now David sums all this up with the words,

“The Lord watches over all who love him”.

Jesus promises not only to watch over us or even be near to us but rather be with us as he says as part of the great commission to take the Gospel to the world in Matthew 28: 19 – 20,

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 Our God is a universal God who deserves universal praise but he has given us a universal message that he wants us to take to the whole world and as we do this he is with us every step of the way and that includes going to be with him when our earthly path or road is complete as Jesus declares in John 14: 6,

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. 

  1. The Lord destroying the wicked

However, verse 20 has a second part which shows that even though the God of the Bible is a universal God and everyone should offer him universal praise for he has given us a universal message of salvation this does not mean everyone will be saved as verse 20b says,

“But all the wicked he will destroy”.

I said at the start that even though I believe in a universal God who deserves universal praise I am not a Universalist as they believe everyone will be saved but the bible does not teach that.

I like the explanation of this found in John chapter 3 starting with the famous verse about the universal God loving this world by sending his only son to everyone who believes in him and that faith in him saves us from perishing and gives us eternal life but listen to what John goes on to say in verses 17 – 18,

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”.

 If we reject then the free and wonderful gift of God’s forgiveness we will then face the judgment of God and its consequences which is death or in Psalm 145 verse 20 terms, being destroyed by God.

How does this inspire universal praise?

To me it inspires universal praise because the sending of Jesus God’s only son to die on the cross for our sins marries perfectly together the idea of a Righteous, just God and a loving God as Jesus paid for our sins that must be paid for and he did this because he loves us and does not want us to face the judgment we deserve.

However, if we reject his offer of forgiveness we will be destroyed in the judgment along with all creatures spiritual and earthly who oppose the universal God who deserves universal praise.

      4   (vs. 21)    A CALL FOR UNIVERSAL PRAISE

 The climax of Psalm 145 is a clear call for universal praise for a universal God as it says,

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord, Let, every creature praise his holy name for every and ever”.

 David has stated over 14 reasons why the God of the bible deserves universal praise and they include:

  • He is God the king
  • He is great and worthy of praise
  • He is glorious and majestic
  • He performs great and wonderful works
  • He is abundantly good
  • He is compassionate and loving
  • His kingdom is great and glorious
  • He is trustworthy and faithful
  • He lifts up the lowly who look to him
  • He supplies every creature the food they need to eat
  • He is near to those who call on him
  • He fulfils the desires of those who fear him
  • He watches over all who love him
  • He will destroy all who oppose him

David then with all this in mind first of all personally declares he will use his mouth to praise this great universal God,

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord”.

 Then he calls on every creature in the universe to join him in universal praise for a universal God,

Let every creature praise his holy name for every and ever”.

 Paul predicts that a day is coming when universal praise will happen and that will be when The Lord Jesus Christ will return, he says this in Philippians 2: 9 – 11,

“Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and

under the earth,11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”.

 I close as usual with and original poem / song and a final word of prayer:

LET EVERY CREATURE SING AND PRAISE

(Based on Psalm 145)

Let every creature praise God’s holy name

And may my mouth speak and proclaim

That God is the King

For he made everything

So now praise and sing.

 

Let every creature praise God’s holy name

And may my mouth speak and proclaim

That great is the Lord

For generations, we have heard

Of God’s mighty deeds in his word.

 

Refrain 1.

Speak of God’s majesty and splendour

Mediate on his wonderful works

His power is awesome to see

I will celebrate what his done for me

For by his love he has surely set me free.

 

Let every creature praise God’s holy name

And may my mouth speak and proclaim

That God’s goodness will not be swayed

For he has compassion for all his made

And he longs for praise to be prayed.

 

Let every creature praise God’s holy name

And may my mouth speak and proclaim

That God’s Kingdom is a glorious thing

For God’s great deeds are every flowing

And God’s kingdom is now building.

 

Refrain 2.

The Lord is trustworthy in all his promises

He is faithful in all that he does.

God upholds all those who fall

And lifts up all who answer his call

So, look up and give God your all.

 

Let every creature praise God’s holy name

And may my mouth speak and proclaim

That the Lord is righteous in all his ways

And he’s near to us all our days

So, let every creature sing and praise

By: Jim Wenman

PRAYER:

 We praise you God of the universe for you deserve our thanks and praise for all you have done for us. We thank you for your creation so wonderfully made which speaks day after day of your majesty and power. We thank you for your salvation through the sending of your Son, Jesus Christ into this fallen world to rescue us from death and judgment through his death on the cross for our sins. Help us Lord to take your universal message of salvation to the whole world so that every man women and child can join every creature in praise and worship of the great universal God of love we know you are, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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