An Alphabet of Praise – Part 2
Last month we looked at the first half of this Psalm. (You may like to read it through again Psalm 145:1-13). In the second half we see now that David is presenting an ever-widening view of the greatness of God. He begins by praising God for his faithfulness and righteousness. Perhaps we can use this Psalm as a pattern for our own prayers.
- Think of some ways the faithfulness of God is shown in these verses.
- See how many times is the word ‘all’ used in these verses? (You might also like to check out verses 9-12 Psalm 145:9-12.)
- What are some of the things the word ‘all’ tells us about God?
- What does verse 20 emphasise about God? How do verses 17 and 20 fit together?
- In the light of this, what are we called to do?
In a world driven by self-seeking and self-sufficiency, this Psalm is a defiant song of praise to the One who is control of all things. God knows our situation. He lifts up those that are bowed down. He satisfies the desires of every living thing. He is our great, trustworthy, faithful, righteous God. He watches over all those that love Him. He is worthy of all our praise.
- This Psalm begins with David singing a solo song of praise to God (Part 1). What is he asking now?
And so this symphony of praise continues until at the end when we see the whole of creation praising God forever and ever. This Psalm is like a glorious piece of music that begins with one instrument and is gradually joined by more and more instruments until the whole orchestra is playing a grand hymn of praise.
What a glorious future awaits believers. Picture the scene and join the choir!
Take time to praise
Write PRAISE downwards on a piece of paper. Pray a prayer of praise, beginning each thought with the next letter of the word PRAISE. Praise God for who He is and what He has done.
Something to sing about
You may like to click on a link below and finish with one or more of these songs of praise. Salvation Belongs to Our God (Adrian Howard and Pat Turner); How Great Thou Art (Stuart Hine)
O Praise the Name (Anástasis) (Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, Marty Sampson)