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Psalm 145

A psalm of praise. Of David.

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty –
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works –
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfils the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.

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I love this psalm. It is a beautiful declaration of the kingdom of God – how life is meant to be and, ultimately, will be. It is a celebration of what should have been the glory of ancient Israel, and foretells the kingdom brought about by Jesus. God’s rule is eternal, but constantly requires expression in the world. Notice how the psalmist talks about the timeless majesty of God and also commits to playing his part in his generation: ‘They tell … and I will meditate … They tell … and I will proclaim’ (vs 4–6). 

So what are the distinctive features of the kingdom of God? There are, of course, God’s power and majesty (vs 1–6), but there are many aspects that would not be shared by some regimes of the ancient world or of today. Compassion is a key feature (vs 8,9). God’s kingdom is a place where the weak are treated with special care. Unlike so many governments, God exercises power for his subjects, not just over them. He is responsive to the cry of the needy (vs 14–16). 

There is a place for judgement in God’s kingdom, though this only merits half a verse (v 20). This has to be the case if the weak are to be defended and if ‘every creature’ (v 21) is to thrive. 
 

Author
Steve Silvester

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