Read | Psalm 145
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 splendor 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.
All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
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.
The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name
for ever and ever.
Respond | Tom Dearduff
We might not feel comfortable reading this psalm of praise right now. We might, instead, want to accompany our lamentations with the likes of Psalm 22 (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). David, the writer of both of these psalms, lived a life defined by both tremendous triumph and tragedy. He was known as both a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14) and a man of war and murder (1 Chron 28:3). In both his triumphs and tragedies, David praised God.
Even in times of greatest peril, David chose to praise God. When a plague killed seventy thousand Israelites, David built an altar and worshipped through burnt offerings. As we experience a pandemic that is likewise taking the lives of thousands, will we choose to worship? As Isaiah put it, “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.” (26:9) In this dark night, do we yearn for God? With David and Isaiah, let us choose to commend God’s works; let us speak of the glorious splendor of God’s majesty; let us proclaim God’s great deeds. We must not forget that “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”
How do you witness God’s goodness with you today?
Holy Spirit, fill us with an awareness of your ever-presence. Even in this dark night, you are “near to all who call on you, to all who call on you in truth.” We call on you to comfort us and protect us when we are most in need. Teach us how to praise your holy name for ever and ever. Amen.