Thursday

20 April 2017

“My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.” (v. 21)

Psalm: Psalm 145


Background

The book of Psalms consists of 150 different chapters. The language is essentially poetic in nature. Many of the psalms were attributed by David, but there were other writers as well. One of the characteristics of the psalms is that they are often very personal. They speak of praise, of lament, of despair and of confession. It is important to remember that they were written by human beings.

Psalm 145 is a psalm of praise. It acknowledges God as king and the fact that God is unsearchable (verse 2), that is, we cannot fully understand God. In verse 8 the psalmist acknowledges the grace of God. It quotes Exodus 34:6-7 where God told Moses that God was slow to anger. The psalm also acknowledges that God's kingdom is everlasting (verse 13) and that all generations shall know about it. It also acknowledges God's providence and God's creativity. Verses 15 and 16 are reminiscent of Matthew 6:25-33 where Jesus taught that the birds of the air and the lilies of the field do not worry about anything. The psalmist experiences God as a God who is close to all those who call on God's name.

The psalm concludes with the writer saying that so great is God that the psalmist cannot keep this knowledge to themselves. It must be proclaimed so that everyone may hear.

The psalms are not predictions of the future. However, as one reads this psalm, one is reminded of the fact that God's everlasting kingdom (reign) was fulfilled in the coming of Christ. And Christ gave new hope in his death and resurrection.


To Ponder

  • How do you respond to the psalmist saying that their mouth will speak the praises of the Lord?
  • How easy/difficult is it for us to speak the praises of God not only in church, but in our interaction with other people? Why?


Bible notes author: The Revd Lynita Conradie

 

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