Should David Out-Praise Us?

Psalm 145:1-13, written by David, and easily one of his most outstanding Psalms of praise. In fact, Psalm 145 is the only Psalm that identifies itself as David’s Psalm of Praise from the best available manuscripts. C.H. Spurgeon reluctantly concedes to a convenient division of the Psalm into five parts, the first three of which is covered by our passage today. “David praiseth God for his fame or glory (Psalm 145:1-7), for his goodness (Psalm 145:8-10), for his kingdom (Psalm 145:11-13), for his providence (Psalm 145:14-16), for his saving mercy (Psalm 145:17-21).”

I find it very convenient to “inflate” the passage so that all its details are clearly recognized and appreciated. Part 1 identifies the actions of David. Part 2 identifies the actions of multiple generations. Part 3 identifies attributes, actions and accomplishments of The Lord. The third section is appropriately the longest because our praise and adoration and worship is based on who God is, and what He means to me.

Part 1:

  1. I will exalt you, my God the King (Psalm 145:1).
  2. I will praise your Name for ever and ever
  3. I will praise you every day (Psalm 145:2).
  4. I will extol your Name for ever and ever (Psalm 145:2).
  5. I will meditate on your wondrous works (Psalm 145:5).
  6. I will proclaim your great deeds (Psalm 145:6).

Part 2:

  1. Generations commend your works to each other (Psalm 145:4).
  2. Generations tell of your mighty acts (Psalm 145:4)
  3. Generations speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty (Psalm 145:5).
  4. Generations tell of the power of your awesome works (Psalm 145:6).
  5. Generations celebrate your abundant goodness (Psalm 145:7).
  6. Generations joyfully sing of your righteousness (Psalm 145:7)

Part 3:

  1. The Lord is great, and His greatness no one can fathom (Psalm 145:3).
  2. The Lord is most worthy of praise (Psalm 145:3).
  3. The Lord’s works are commended by one generation to another (Psalm 145:4).
  4. The Lord’s mighty acts are reported by generations (Psalm 145:4).
  5. The Lord is gracious (Psalm 145:8).
  6. The Lord is slow to anger (Psalm 145:8).
  7. The Lord is rich in love (Psalm 145:8).
  8. The Lord is good to all (Psalm 145:9).
  9. The Lord has compassion on all He has made (Psalm 145:9).
  10. The Lord’s works, they all praise Him (Psalm 145:10).
  11. The Lord’s faithful people extol Him (Psalm 145:10).
  12. The Lord’s works tell of the glory of His Kingdom (Psalm 145:11).
  13. The Lord’s works speak of His might (Psalm 145:11).
  14. The Lord’s Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom (Psalm 145:13).
  15. The Lord’s dominion endures through all generations (Psalm 145:13).
  16. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises (Psalm 145:13).
  17. The Lord is faithful in all He does (Psalm 145:13 b).

Regardless of how beautiful and endearing this Psalm of Praise is, it is David’s Psalm of Praise. Would it be a good idea if each of us wrote our own Psalm of praise, based on our own experiences with God? After all, it is very important to me that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. But most important to me is the fact that He is the God of Godfrey. Is that also true of you? If so replace your name with mine, and shout “praise the Lord!”

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