The Lord is Great, The Lord is Good

Psalm 145:1, “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.”

David, in Psalm 145 tells us that he will extol the Lord and bless His name for ever. David’s fellowship to the Lord was precious to Him and David loved God. In the remainder of the chapter, David gives us at least seven reasons why he loved the Lord so much, which are:

(1) The Lord is great and His greatness is unsearchable (vs 3). David’s trust was in an all powerful God that was able to do abundantly above all that he could ask or think.

(2) The Lord is gracious (vs 8). The Lord Who owes man nothing bestowed grace to unworthy sinners. David understood that he was undeserving of God’s grace (eternal and temporal) and he was thankful to the God of all grace.

(3) The Lord is good (vs 9), David declares the Lord is good. Even the wicked enjoy God’s general providence in nature. David was very appreciative of God’s goodness to him. I’m sure there were many days and nights when David fled from Saul of Kish that David was blessed to enjoy God’s goodness.

(4) The Lord is King (vs 13). Even though David would flee from a king (little k) like Saul of Kish, David’s hope was always in the King (big K) for his strength. David could not depend on the little kings but could always depend on the Great King, his God on the throne of heaven.

(5) The Lord is righteous (vs 17). While living in a world gone wrong David would write (by inspiration of Spirit) Psalm 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Living in a world where everyone who should be doing right is doing wrong, who could a person look to for right? God always does right and He is in His holy temple.

(6) The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him (vs 18). When David called on the Lord for help, the Lord was always nearby. David penned in Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

(7) The Lord preserveth all those that love Him (vs 20). We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), and those that love Him are eternally preserved in Christ Jesus. What does that mean Br Ronnie? It means everyone the Lord loves shall be with Him in glory without the loss of one. David may have been kicked out of Saul’s kingdom, but David is eternally embraced in God’s. Why? Because God loved him, and God’s love never changes.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, are you able to read through this Psalm and see your experience? Are you able to read this Psalm and feel motivated and encouraged to love and praise the Lord more? I am and I’m thankful for this portion of scripture in God’s Holy Word that helps me to be a better servant to the Lord Who has been so good to me.

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