A Psalm of Praise
A Psalm of Celebration
A Psalm of Dedication
A Psalm of David
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A B C order
This Psalm was written in Hebrew alphabetical order.
Hebrew has 22 letters.
At the beginning of every two verses,
this psalm follows the Hebrew alphabet -
- except the Hebrew letter Nun.
We do not know why "Nun" was excluded.
So Psalm 145
THE A-Z of PRAISE!
In this psalm, David is happily and joyfully praising God.
I welcome you to continue on this page with my commentary.
Yet, I ran into a commentary that I think is a lot better than mine. The speaker has great energy and passion for this psalm. So I share this link with you. The link goes to a page with the choice of the audio or written commentary on Psalm 145.
As you see, the speaker labels Psalm 145 as a psalm for people who (like David) are fanatics for God!
I will extol thee, my God, O king;
I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee;
and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Then in verse 3,
David gives an example of praise:
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.
God teaches us in Psalm 145:1-2
I will lift up praise to God.
I will bless his name for ever and ever.
God tells us that he wants daily praise.
The truth is:
We need to praise God in order to stay close to him.
This Psalm has several "I will" statements.
7 times in the King James Version, we read "I will" - 7 times... if you count verse 21 which says, "I shall."
Bible Scholars often say that in the Bible, the number 7 represents completion - just as 7 days represents completion of a week.
These "I will" declarations are designed to propel us to make our own strong dedications to God.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another,
and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty,
of thy wondrous works.
Verses 4-5 are more than just a comment.
They are a command from God.
If we are not teaching our children and grandchildren
then we should feel God's conviction
we should respond by
making plans to begin doing it
then do it!
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6 And men shall speak
might of thy terrible acts:
and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter
the memory of thy great goodness,
and shall sing
of thy righteousness.
Speak about God.
Sing about God.
8 The Lord is gracious,
full of compassion;
slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The Lord is good to all:
and his tender mercies are over all his works.
In these verses,
David is describing the goodness of God.
The descriptions are related to the ones in Exodus 34:6:
The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
abundant in goodness and truth.
Psalm 145:8-9 are verses we can run to
when we feel like our life is unfair.
We can rely on Scripture
to anchor us
with the fact that
God is fair, and merciful,
full of compassion, and always good.
Being a Christian today, we not only get wisdom from the Old Testament but we can gain from the New Testament as well.
When life seems to be going
we can turn to Romans 8:28
which tells us:
"And we know that all things work together
to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose."
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord;
and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom,
and talk of thy power;
(trees, flowers, oceans, mountains, stars, etc.)
We are a work of God, and we are created to praise him.
Verse 11 reminds us
that we are created to speak of the glory of God's kingdom
and TALK about his power
12 To make known to the sons of men
his mighty acts,
the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
This verse makes me think of
O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name:
make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him,
sing psalms unto him:
talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Psalm 105:1-2 KJV
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
This verse informs us that God is timeless. God is outside of time.
He is eternal.
His kingdom and his dominion over us is past, present, and future.
God is Eternal.
God is Omnipresent. (God is Present everywhere)
God is Omnipotent. (God is All Powerful)
God is Omniscient. (God knows everything.)
14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall,
and raiseth up
all those that be bowed down.
People who fall - did you realize that there is a verse about falling and getting up?
This verse also talks about people who are bowed down with respect to God.
This verse reminds me of
steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the LORD upholds him with His hand.”
Psalm 37:23-24 NKJV
Though he fall -
notice the verse gives the idea of
when he falls - not if he falls.
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15 The eyes of all wait upon thee;
and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and
satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Verses 15-16 remind us of God's love and provision for
These verses are very similar to
Psalm 104:27 - 28
27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
One of the names of God
God our Provider.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways,
and holy in all his works.
God is Righteous, and God is Holy.
All God does is righteous and holy.
God wants people to read the Bible and learn more and more HOW to be holy and righteous. We were created to want to please God.
We cannot rely on what we think as right, but we must rely on what the Bible says.
We must lean on the Bible
on our own understanding.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
nigh = is near, is close to
God is yearning that we would call to him in love and obedience.
God is yearning that we would call upon him with genuineness of heart.
God longs for fellowship with us.
Psalm 27:8 NLT version says:
My heart has heard you say,
“Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds,
“Lord, I am coming.”
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him:
he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Definition of "Fear of the Lord"
"Fear of the Lord" means respecting God -
a reverential awe of God;
a genuine heart of trying to submit to His rulership and control
by trying to obey Him.
The [reverent] fear of the Lord
[that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the
beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom
[its starting point and its essence],
And the knowledge of the Holy One
is understanding and spiritual insight.
Proverbs 9:10 AMP
Let the whole world fear the Lord, and
let everyone stand in awe of him."
Ps. 33:8 NLT
Psalm 128:1 says:
"Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways."
Deuteronomy 10:12 says:
"And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God,
to walk in all his ways,
to love him,
to serve the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul."
Wisdom begins with a fear of God.
"Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom."
Proverbs 9:10a NLT
"Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.
Psalm 111:10 NLT
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him:
but all the wicked will he destroy.
The Hebrew word translated "Preserveth" gives the idea
guards us, attends to us, keeps us, watches & observes us.
This Hebrew word gives the idea
carefully keeps or diligently keeps us.
So we get the picture of God carefully and diligently watching over those who love him - he watches over those who love him all through life and right into the gates of heaven.
Alternately, the wicked will not be taken carefully into the gates of heaven, but instead, taken to hell where they face the suffering that occurs in hell.
We see in this verse that God is indicating that wickedness has more to do with not loving God than in any particular sin.
See John 14:21 and First John 2:3-6.
We all like the happy verses in the Bible.
But we need to pay attention to the verses that aren't so happy.
This verse gives us an important message. We all need to be serious about our relationship with God - AND - we need to be diligently praying for our loved ones and their relationship to God.
Heaven and Hell are real, and they are forever.
Now is the time to choose your destination.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Verse 21 is the fanali.
Here David models for us to say:
My mouth SHALL speak PRAISE to my Lord!
Then David calls out in prayer to all people to:
"Bless God's Holy Name for ever and ever!"
Every person who is wise on this earth,
will take heed to the message that
every person must
Bless the Lord and follow him
or face dwelling in the destruction of hell.
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