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Reading: Psalm 145: 1-5

Verse 3: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom”.

Psalm 145 is about praising God. This is something we can do in many ways. The psalmist begins with worship, with exalting God. Perhaps this happens on Sunday morning, but it can also happen in other ways. It can occur in quiet moments of prayer. It can be singing praise in the car or in the shower. Praise can happen as one walks or runs and recognizes God in the beauty of the stars or forest groves. Worship can happen as we read our Bibles and meditate on God’s work in the world and in our lives.

The praise section transitions with these words: “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom”. These words draw to mind why we praise God. While the greatness of God might be hard to fathom, it is certainly recognizable and it draws us to praise the creator. We can see God in the magnificence of creation itself, in the faces of one another, in the healing miraculous touch that occurs in our Bible, in our world, and maybe even in our lives. These and many more bring us to an awareness of how worthy God is of our praise.

In verse four the psalmist shifts to evangelism. This too is a form of praise. He writes, “One generation will commend your works to another”. Part of our connection to God and to one another comes in our common story. The arc of the Bible connects people of faith through stories that span thousands of years. Beginning in Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21 we hear the story of God’s love and redemption. Each story builds the case for God’s love for his children and for all of creation. The stories of God’s mighty acts and wonderful works reveal both God’s glory and the ways in which God has, can, and will work in the world and in the lives of the faithful. We are a part of telling the stories too. We are each one more link in the great story of faith and we are each a storyteller too.

Whether by word, action, or deed, may we praise God and may we tell the story of our faith, planting seeds and encouraging our fellow disciples along the way.

Prayer: Magnificent creator, the work of your hands is amazing! The intricacies of our world shout your greatness. Yet I know you and you know me. This mystery too reveals your greatness. It humbles me. May my life be poured out as thanks to you, my God and King. Amen.


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Praise

Reading: Psalm 145

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom”.  God is indeed worthy of our praises.  All the blessings in our life come from God alone.  For this simple fact we should offer our praise to God all the time.  From the larger view, we sense God’s greatness, but we cannot see the bounds of it.  It is like looking out upon the ocean or up into the night sky – we can sense the immensity of it but we cannot really fathom or understand just how big or great it is.  Such is the case with God.

“I will meditate on your wonderful works”.  Even though we cannot fully understand, we can meditate on and wrestle with the things of God.  God’s hand and Spirit are at work in so many ways all the time.  It is good for our soul and good for our faith to take time often, to slow down, and to see God in our world and in our lives.  When we meditate on this, we gain a better sense of what we cannot fully understand.

“The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made”.  God desires to bless you and me.  God desires to bless all of creation.  This has been God’s intent since the beginning of the world.  But we are fallen and broken.  We sin.  This does not diminish God’s love for us.  Seeing our human state, God sent his only Son to die for us.  God is compassionate.  His love for us is so passionate that God gave his only Son for our sins.  This is an essential truth if our faith.  Consider this well today.  Meditate on God’s love and compassion for us all.  God is worthy of our praise.