Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verse: (17) 17 The Lord is just in all his ways and kind in all his doings.
Reflection: There is an old rabbinical saying that if you read Psalm 145 three times a day you will ensure your spot in God’s kingdom. Really? No, probably not, but maybe reading this psalm is a reminder of what it is like to live in God’s kingdom. The psalm is uniquely titled “Praise” and that is what it is from top to bottom — a psalm of praise to God who makes all things well. Praise is a response to the world as we experience God in it. Praise also creates a world because we experience God in it. Praise is a powerful, creative act.
One word that keeps emerging in this psalm is the Hebrew word kol, or all. Almost twenty times it is used. It’s a way of saying that everything is everything with God. Or as one Jewish expression says, “all of every everything. “ What a great description of God — the one who is all of every everything. It means God is complete, whole, perfect, and all-encompassing. It means that weeping may come at night but there is rejoicing in the morning. It means that in the midst of all that is unfair, unjust, and unworthy of life, God is working to bring about what one day will be just and good and fair and loving and worthy and true. The word “all” is in some ways our best prayer — we give all to the one who is all and can do all and who knows all and whom will bring all things into completion.
God. You will encounter him, especially if you decide today to go anywhere. He’s everywhere.
Prayer: God, my all in all, I praise you this day for everything, for everyone, and for forevermore. Amen.
Author: Derek Macleod
[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].