Psalm 145: Remember, Praise, and Tell
Author: Sally Matheny
“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”
(Psalm 145:4 NASB)
Over the past several months, many of our church members have followed a suggested reading plan of the Psalms. We’ve also gleaned from several devotions pertaining to those Psalms. Let’s quickly refresh our memories of those.
Beginning with an overview of the Psalms, our meditations kicked off with thoughts on the first Psalm. The following week, we saw through a few lifetime desires and Psalm 16 how Christ is the only one who can satisfy our deep-down longings.
Then, a devotion based on Psalm 40 reminded us that no matter how bad life gets, the LORD will not withhold His mercy and love from us. Next, came a Tootsie Pop commercial; and Psalm 43 illustrated how Christians can pray when feeling burdened and alone.
Following that, a pair of squishy shoes and Psalm 57 ushered in a reminder that it is in the midst of problems, God’s greatness shines brightest. Then, a devotion based on Psalm 97 powerfully swooped in prompting us that, as Christians, we have the greatest reigning champion of all time—who has neither been nor ever will be defeated.
As we advanced through our reading, we received a timely devotion rooted in Psalm 104 warning us that our words of praise to God won’t ring true without a true relationship with Him. Then, Corrie ten Boom and Psalm 119 encouraged us with examples of how we can trust God’s Word during hardships. Last week, Anne of Green Gables’ need of forgiveness prompted us to meditate on God’s mercy and grace in Psalm 130.
Each of the devotions pointed us toward the characteristics of God. He is True, Light, Pure, Faithful, Trustworthy, Unchangeable, and Eternal. Thus, the same characteristics apply to His Holy Word. As we finish the last few Psalms in our reading plan, let’s ponder a moment.
What are we to do now as we move forward in our daily lives?
“Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness.
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness” (Psalm 144:6-7 NASB).
We are to remember what God has done—from the creation onward! We keep our memories fresh and spirits sensitive by continually reading and studying the Bible. (See 2 Timothy 2:15; John 14:25-27) Also, our memories stay fresh when we share them with others. Psalm 145:8-9 says we are to tell the next generation of God’s grace, mercy, slowness to anger, and greatness in lovingkindness.
Share the Scriptures; His Word is active and applicable today. Also, tell others how Christ is working in you and through you. Everyone needs to know our God is a living God. He is approachable and waiting. Psalm 145:18 tells us “the LORD is near to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Pray and sing praises to our LORD and Savior for what He has done, what He is doing today, and (hallelujah!) what He promises He will do in the future! Be strong and courageous.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:26-27 ESV).