20 April 2017
“My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.” (v. 21)
Psalm: Psalm 145
The book of Psalms consists of 150
different chapters. The language is essentially poetic in nature.
Many of the psalms were attributed by David, but there were other
writers as well. One of the characteristics of the psalms is that
they are often very personal. They speak of praise, of lament, of
despair and of confession. It is important to remember that they
were written by human beings.
Psalm 145 is a psalm of praise. It
acknowledges God as king and the fact that God is unsearchable
(verse 2), that is, we cannot fully understand God. In verse 8 the
psalmist acknowledges the grace of God. It quotes Exodus
34:6-7 where God told Moses that God was slow to anger. The
psalm also acknowledges that God's kingdom is everlasting (verse
13) and that all generations shall know about it. It also
acknowledges God's providence and God's creativity. Verses 15 and
16 are reminiscent of Matthew 6:25-33 where Jesus taught that the
birds of the air and the lilies of the field do not worry about
anything. The psalmist experiences God as a God who is close to all
those who call on God's name.
The psalm concludes with the writer
saying that so great is God that the psalmist cannot keep this
knowledge to themselves. It must be proclaimed so that everyone may
The psalms are not predictions of the
future. However, as one reads this psalm, one is reminded of the
fact that God's everlasting kingdom (reign) was fulfilled in the
coming of Christ. And Christ gave new hope in his death and
- How do you respond to the psalmist saying that their mouth will
speak the praises of the Lord?
- How easy/difficult is it for us to speak the praises of God not
only in church, but in our interaction with other people? Why?
Bible notes author: The Revd Lynita Conradie
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