Psalm 145 is a hymn of praise to the Lord, the great King, for His mighty acts and benevolent virtues, which are reflections and examples of his kingly rule. Between the two-line introduction (v 1-2) and the one-line conclusion (v 21), four poetic paragraphs develop themes of praise, each introduced with a thematic line (v 3, 8, 13b, 17). Consider verse 21 – the one line conclusion.
Read Psalm 145:21.
The praise of God must continue, and every creature must take it up – forever. This Psalm instructs us about worship that focuses on the one, true, and living God – by remembering His essential goodness and love, and his wondrous deeds on our behalf. The writer, David, opens Psalm 145 with ceaseless personal praise and by v 21 it is clear that nothing less than the praise of every creature will suffice for such a God.
What are you going to communicate to your classmates, colleagues, professors, advisors, mentors, children and grandchildren concerning the Lord and His ways? Psalm 145 encourages older generations to pass down a legacy of praise to the Lord. But will your children know that?
Faith is never more than one generation away from extinction. That’s why it is crucial for parents to help their children to understand who God is and to take their first steps in walking with Him. There are many ways to do that, including telling stories about the mighty things God has done (145:4). What stories can you tell from your own life? Here are a few suggestions:
First, cultivate your own faith. That means you have to gain firsthand experience with God. Moses wanted his people to be known as a wise and discerning people. Remember the things God has said or done in the past. Get to know God through the Scriptures. Establish habits for recalling and rehearsing the story of God’s dealings in your own life and in the lives of your ancestors. Parents cannot give their children a faith that they themselves do not possess. Get a copy of Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas to aid in your spiritual journey.
Second, teach by example. Moses urged the Israelites to practice the Law so their children could see it in action, not just hear it recited. We should maintain a commitment to integrity by fearing God, refusing bribes, ensuring justice for orphans and widows, and showing loving care to strangers. Kids have not had much experience with God yet…so they need to see it in their parent’s lives. College students need to see and hear about God in other student’s lives, too.
Third, be a creative worshiper. Moses wrote a song to declare God’s ways to Israel. It was a good lesson in the use of the arts to celebrate the Lord and encourage children to learn about the faith. Develop music that would bring honor to the Lord and tell of his mighty acts. Use nature to enhance your worship. Sing the Scriptures. Use the arts to tell His story. Live lives of gratitude.
Go back through the entirety of Psalm 145 and jot down the reasons given for praising God. What can be the only response to the character and acts of God? How can you model and call others to join you in knowing the God of Psalm 145?
Serve globally. Like the author says in verses 4-6, be the generation that commends, tells, speaks, and meditates on the character and actions of the One True God and King.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz