A Bible Devotion from Psalm 145
The Eyes of All
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
Psalm 145:3, 8-10, and 13-20, NKJV
Psalm 145 is David's crowning Psalm of praise to the Lord. Because of its length only part of it is displayed here. It would be a good thing to read it in its entirety. Verse 3 seems to be a summary of the theme of this entire Psalm: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. Take that thought with you today and meditate on it. No matter how we search and discover the greatness of God in our own life, we will never plumb the depths. The best man ever does is only a slight reflection of the greatness of God that exists for eternity.
God's greatness, however, does not stop Him from helping His children; we are not too lowly for His notice. In spite of our sin before a Holy and Righteous God, The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Proverbs 29:11 states, A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. We will spend our entire lives trying to master our spirit; God, however, is not a God with our sin and frailties; He is patient and longsuffering with His children, always abounding in love and mercy.
Psalm 145 verse 13 reminds us that God's kingdom is everlasting, it endures through all generations. We are amazed if a nation lasts 200 years; the concept of forever is a hard one to perceive. It seems too good to be true, so why doesn't everyone claim this God as their own? We are so filled with sin that our hearts are filled with distrust. I have an internet business; one of the most difficult things is to find honest, bonafide businesses to work with. Everyone promises that their opportunity is the best, and that you will make tons of money the first week. Because of our natural skepticism, we often think of God in the same manner - too good to be true.
Read verses 14 to 20; The Lord upholds all who are falling. . . . The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. This is the God we love and serve as believers in Christ. Look to Christ; He will be right there holding you up forever! Just look at the blessings listed in Psalm 145 by David.
Has unsearchable greatness
Is gracious and merciful
Is slow to anger and abounds in steadfast love
Is good to all
Has mercy over all He has made
Has an everlasting kingdom
Has a dominion that endures throughout all generations
Upholds all who are falling
Raises up all who are bowed down
Gives food in due season
Satifies the desire of every living thing
Is righteous in all His ways
Is kind in all His works
Is near to all who call on Him
Fulfills the desire of those who fear Him
Hears the cry of the lost and saves them
Preserves all who love Him
As you travel through the Bible in your reading and Bible study, you begin to realize that this is just the short list! As a true child of God, Psalm 145 is a Psalm you can hang on to and claim as your own; it's a great Psalm to pull out on those hopeless days when everything seems to be going wrong. Our life here on earth is only a speck in the eternity we will spend with the Lord!
Ponder Psalm 145, and pray today that your eyes will look to God, the only One who has the power to save you and keep you for all eternity!
More Devotions on the 145th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
Unsearchable Greatness, verses 1-3
Memory of God, verses 4-7
The Lord Is Gracious, verses 8-9
Everlasting Kingdom, verses 10-13
The Eyes of All, verses 14-16
Bless His Holy Name, verses 17-21