Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a class on the Psalms taught by a friend. After reviewing several of the themes in the Psalter, he drew our attention to Psalm 145. It had been a while since I paused at that particular passage. I love how both God’s transcendence and God’s immanence are mentioned by the author. Yes, God is big. He is definitely One-of-a-kind. However, He is also engaged in His creation–particularly in the lives of His people. Later that day I caught myself thinking back on the Psalm and decided to see how Eugene Peterson rendered it in The Message. You can look up the passage in a more literal translation, but the gist is the same. Your response will also probably be identical to mine: worship and confidence.
Consider the nature and works of God:
Psa 145:1 David’s praise. I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! and I’ll bless your name into eternity.
Psa 145:2 I’ll bless you every day, and keep it up from now to eternity.
Psa 145:3 GOD is magnificent; he can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to his greatness.
Psa 145:4 Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
Psa 145:5 Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders.
Psa 145:6 Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
Psa 145:7 The fame of your goodness spreads across the country; your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.
Psa 145:8 GOD is all mercy and grace– not quick to anger, is rich in love.
Psa 145:9 GOD is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace.
Psa 145:10 Creation and creatures applaud you, GOD;
Psa 145:11 your holy people bless you. They talk about the glories of your rule, they exclaim over your splendor,
Psa 145:12 Letting the world know of your power for good, the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
Psa 145:13 Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal; you never get voted out of office. GOD always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does.
Psa 145:14 GOD gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
Psa 145:15 All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time.
Psa 145:16 Generous to a fault, you lavish your favor on all creatures.
Psa 145:17 Everything GOD does is right– the trademark on all his works is love.
Psa 145:18 GOD’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.
Psa 145:19 He does what’s best for those who fear him– hears them call out, and saves them.
Psa 145:20 GOD sticks by all who love him, but it’s all over for those who don’t.
Psa 145:21 My mouth is filled with GOD’s praise. Let everything living bless him, bless his holy name from now to eternity!