Monday, September 14

A psalm of praise

Scripture: Ezekiel 38-39, Psalm 145, Revelation 20

Psalm 145:1–3 

1 I will exalt you, my God and King, 

and praise your name forever and ever. 

2 I will praise you every day; 

yes, I will praise you forever. 

3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! 

No one can measure his greatness.

Observation

Psalm 145 is an acrostic psalm.  Each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (there are 22 letters and 21 verses—verse 13a and 13b each start with letters 13 and 14).  Acrostics are memory devices.  This psalm was meant to be memorized.  It is a call to worship and praise (every day and forever), and lists many reasons why the Lord is worthy of our praise.

      • His mighty acts, wonderful miracles, awe-inspiring deeds
      • His wonderful goodness and righteousness
      • His mercy, compassion, goodness and love
      • He keeps His promises
      • He helps the fallen
      • He provides all we need and grants our desires
      • He is close to us and protects us

All these (and more) are why the Lord is worthy of unending praise.  

 

Application

Two things:

First, I’m going to memorize this psalm and use it as a prayer/song to help me worship.  That’s what it was meant for.

Second, I’m going to stop during the day to worship and give God praise.  Praise is focusing our attention and affection on the Lord.  He is worthy!  And it’s good for me too—it changes my focus, builds my faith, and adjusts my perspective.

Prayer: Lord, You are worthy of unending praise and worship.  Help me today to give You what you deserve!