“I will extol you, my God and King”
David’s Psalm 145 is a remarkable song of praise, extolling all that God must be. In reading or singing this Psalm each of us must think carefully about each point David makes. It becomes so easy, especially with hymns we become very familiar with, to repeat the words – simply as words – and the reality of their meanings cease to penetrate our minds in any wholesome sense. When they are about the absolute greatness of the Creator of all things we should feel utterly awed and totally humbled by what we read – and sing.
“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” (verses 2,3).
Unsearchable! Yes, the more the wonders of creation have been discovered – down to the minutest detail, the more this is seen as absolutely true – therefore, with ever greater feeling we will say – and sing –
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever” (verse 1).
Think of what the word “extol” means! Do we really “extol” our Creator – and his son – our coming King?
David went on to say,
“… and on your wondrous works, I will meditate” (verse 5)
and what works! What is the wonder of the miniature world of DNA – now made ‘visible’ through the cleverness of humans. Truly, at “the time of the end … knowledge shall increase” (Daniel 12:4) – and it has!
David’s Psalm reaches a mind compelling conclusion with his inspired words that the
“LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth”.
“he fulfils the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them” (verses 18,19).
But there is another factor in this as well as “truth”! In his final 2 verses David declares,
“The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever”.
When his kingdom reaches its climax – this will be wonderfully true! We make sure now, showing our love by our actions to demonstrate we mean what we say – and at that time we will be there – and how we “will extol” him then!