Psalm 145 (Part 2) – God’s Greatness and Goodness

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Without a doubt, the Psalm writer was right when he said,

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
(Psalm 145.3)

As we try to comprehend God’s greatness, we have a wealth of ideas to consider from this Psalm.

God’s Care

A major theme of the Bible is the fact of God’s care for people on the margins of society. God’s loving care is another piece of evidence that confirms his greatness.

The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
(Psalm 145.14-16)

Jesus included outcasts and vulnerable people in the band of people who enjoyed his company. On two occasions he provided food for large numbers of hungry and tired people.

Jesus taught that in God’s kingdom people look after one another and help each other. They give special attention to prisoners and people with insecurity with the basic necessities of life.

Paul informed us that God’s church is made up of nobodies, who have become somebodies because of God’s grace.

He wrote, “Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1.26-29).

God’s care and calling reaches to all. Praise God!

The Lord Is Near To All

Isaiah revealed many aspects of God’s greatness. He knew that God is utterly beyond human thought or ability, but he also knew that God reaches down to people who have been crushed by life.

For thus says the high and lofty one
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
(Isaiah 57.15)

Psalm 145 echoes Isaiah and declares God’s greatness.

The Lord is just in all his ways,
and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
(Psalm 145.17-18)

God is great and greatly to be praised, because he is just and kind. God is near to people who call on him, because of his essential kindness.

God has no bodyguards, like celebrities use them to keep the crowds at a distance.

God welcomes people who call on him and desires to be near them. He enjoys people and likes to hear their voice in prayer.

The contrite, crushed and humble people of Isaiah’s message find that God dwells with them. He is there as a friend, who restores life to them.

We praise God for this aspect of his great character. We enjoy the privilege of being friends with the Greatest Being of All.

God Watches Over All

The Book of Psalms began by calling people to live their lives based on God’s Law. God’s Law includes all of his instruction, direction and guidance for the best life possible.

To those who learn, know and do God’s will are promised that, “In all that they do, they prosper” (Psalm 1.3).

It is fitting that as we near the end of the Book of Psalms, we celebrate God’s goodness. He is the One who enables us to prosper.

He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry, and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
(Psalm 145.19-20)

Remember, the “fear of the Lord,” is best described in Deuteronomy as: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6.5).

When we love God with all our being, it is easy for him to fulfill the desires of our heart, to hear our prayers, and to come to our aid.

Like a loving parent, God watches over those who love him.

Once again, reminiscent of the first Psalm, the wicked receive God’s judgment.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
(Psalm 1.6)

The last verse of Psalm 145 leads us to the remaining five Psalms of the Book that praise God and exclaim, Hallelujah!”

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
(Psalm 145.21)

May We Pray for You?

The prayer team at Maywood Baptist Church is honored to pray for you. If you have a prayer request, please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. I will pray for you and so will the prayer team.

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