Last Sunday, our Moriah congregation celebrated her 19th anniversary of God’s goodness and His steadfast love.
As I meditated on God’s goodness, I was reminded of how the psalmists praise and thank God in the Psalter.
Ps. 150: 6, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!” and “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! . . . and forget not all his benefits” (Ps. 103:1-2).
I could quote many more verses (see also 147:1; 146;1, 2; 107; 95:1,2; 96:1, 2; 98:1; 100 etc.), but I am sure you got the point: God is worthy of praise, and we must never forget all His benefits.
But how should we praise God? And what should be our attitude when we praise Him etc.? Why should we worship Him?
I believe Psalm 145 answers these questions. Being an acrostic psalm (each verse begins with a Hebrew alphabet), Psalm 145 expresses a totality and complete praise of the LORD.
First, the psalmist begins with his resolve to praise and bless “my God, O King” (v. 1). This reveals a deliberate and determined vow to praise the Lord. And how long will he praise the Lord? “I will bless thy name for ever and ever” (vs. 1, 2). His praise of God is not a momentary whim, quickly offered and soon forgotten, but a fixed resolution that will be carried out forever.
Second, the psalmist praise of God is his daily lifestyle. He was determined to praise God, “every day.” Every day whether in good or bad times; no matter how dark and difficult the day may be, there is always something for which he can praise the LORD. We should do likewise. In fact, now is the time for us to rehearse our praise of God in preparation for the grand choir in heaven! I agree with Spurgeon who said, “Praise is the rehearsal of our eternal song”!
Finally, from verses 3 to 20, the psalmist persuades us with four powerful grounds to praise the name of God the King: the greatness (vs 3-7); goodness (vs. 8-9); glory (vs. 10-13); and mercy of God (vs. 14-20).
With such an awesome picture of God as King, we are to bless Him daily, give time and energy each day to being alone with Him, reading His Word, bowing in prayer, rising in praise and reminding each other of how great He is, and call upon Him. He is honored when we trust Him, and when we give Him the opportunity to vindicate Himself and so prove to be God. In this way we praise Him as King, live vitally in His Kingdom and pray confidently: “Thy Kingdom come”, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Matt. 6: 10; Rev. 22:20) Amen.
Rev. Mark Tay