Scripture: Psalm 145
Key Verses: (10-13): 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Reflection: Psalm 145 is an affirmation of praise to God. The Psalmist proclaims, over and over, that God is faithful, gracious, just, and holds up all who are falling. He says in verse 2: “Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.” And not just the Psalmist alone: “all the faithful” shall bless the Lord, speaking of God’s glory and power, and making known God’s deeds.
Sometimes we shy away from speaking of God’s wondrous deeds and love out loud. We don’t want to be preachy, or to offend. We might say or sing words of praise in Sunday worship, or lift up silent prayers of praise on our own. But do we speak aloud, and share with others that praise of God at other times? We might worry that friends and family and neighbors don’t know the amazing grace offered to us in Jesus Christ. But are we sharing our experience of it with them, out loud? The Psalmist calls us to join a chorus of unending praise of God. Generations speak praise to one another, and in so doing, show God’s love to others, providing them the opportunity to, in turn, praise God.
With whom will you praise God today?
Prayer: Wondrous God, I give you all praise and thanksgiving. You shower me with love and grace. Help me to open my mouth and proclaim it out loud today. Through Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].