Psalm 145 is the first of the praise psalms that conclude the book of Psalms and is titled as a "praise" or "tehillah" of David. As I read this psalm today, I could sense the awe, the joy, the excitement of David as he wrote it. It must have been sung with great enthusiasm and I can see where there would have been a lot of emotion expressed in singing and dancing before the Lord. In this Psalm, David praises a number of God's deeds and attributes. He talks of God's mighty acts, His greatness and power. He reminds us that God is righteous, merciful, compassionate, and faithful. He protects all who love Him. David ends the psalm with praise and a prayer that everyone on the earth will bless the Lord's name forever.
As I reflect on this psalm, I am reminded that we have so many reasons to be thankful to and praise the Lord. First and foremost, He has freed us from the bondage of our sin through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. When we come to Jesus and put our trust in Him, when we repent of our sins, God's great gift to us is the promise of eternal life with Him. That is a reason to give Him praise!
But God is such a loving and giving God that our reasons for praising Him don't stop there. We can praise Him for sicknesses healed, for marriages restored, for timely words of encouragement, and provision in time of need. Because of His grace, love, and mercy, He gives us all of these things and more. He is a great God and most worthy to be praised!
Lord, we thank You and praise You for all that You are and for all that You have done. We thank You and praise You for Your Son, Jesus, who died so that we may have eternal life with You. We praise You, Lord, for You are worthy to be praised! In Jesus' name. Amen!