Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18 (Read)
“Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.”
When we reflect on what God has done
for us, we remember that God has always
done good things for us. That is God's
nature. As the Psalm says, “His greatness
is unsearchable.” And so we pray this psalm
to bless, praise, and exalt the heavenly
Father in His perfection and in His works.
Our psalmist dwells on the everlasting nature
of God, on His love and presence throughout
all time, and we are called to praise the Lord
forever and ever. Our psalmist reminds us,
“The Lord is good to all and compassionate
toward all His works.” We know this inherently
because we live our lives within an unending
stream of divine love.
“The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”
His presence is shown in the help, nourishment,
and salvation that He shows to us. The prophet
Isaiah urges us, “Seek the Lord while He may be
found, call Him while He is near.”
(Isaiah 55: 6)
We praise God because of His divine attributes
of compassion and love. And fortunately for us,
the Son shares fully in these divine attributes.
So we also sing this psalm in honor of Christ our
Savior, who shares fully in the perfection of God,
and in the works of the Father,
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist assures us, 'The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.'
This verse requires us to make the extra effort to reach out to God if we
want to be in His presence. Tell of how you have reached out to the Lord
and what has been the result.
2. The Psalm calls upon us to praise His name forever and ever.
Say how you go about praising the Lord in your daily life. Give examples.