A devotional thought from Jonathan Leeman for “Psalms”
Read Psalm 145. What comes out of your mouth when you pray? Do you make requests of God? If so, good. Continue to ask Him for your daily bread, to forgive your debts, and to deliver you from temptation (Matt. 6:9-13). God is glorified when we make our dependency known. So ask away! He is generous and delights to give (Matt. 7:11).
But is there much “hallowed be Thy name” in your prayers? That is, do you spend time praising God for who He is and what He has done? Praise does not come naturally to our self-glorying hearts. It must come supernaturally. If you are a Christian, however, you have the Spirit and you can begin to practice such praise.
Look at the first two verses in Psalm 145. The psalmist exalts, he praises, he honors. He does this every day, and he does this forever and ever. Why? Look at verse 3. God is great, and greatness deserves to be praised. You praise a great athlete or artist. How much more God!
What does the psalmist praise God for? A catalog follows: His works, His acts, His splendor, His majesty, His greatness, His great goodness, His righteousness (vv. 4-7). Should we keep going? Yes, we should. God is gracious, slow to anger, faithful in love, good, and compassionate to everyone (vv. 8-9).
Is there more? Yes, yes, so much more. God is faithful in His words, gracious in His actions, helpful to those who fall, kind to the oppressed, generous with food, righteous in His ways, and near to those who seek Him. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him. He hears those who cry out to Him. He guards those who love Him. He destroys those who oppose Him (vv. 13-20). How mighty and majestic and glorious and holy is our God!
Christian, you were created and are being recreated for praise. Praise Him today and forever.
Pause and Reflect
• Take five minutes in prayer asking for nothing but only praising God for who He is and what He has done.
• Next time you pray with a family member or lead prayer in church, do the same.