If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Joshua 12–13, Psalm 145, Jeremiah 6, Matthew 20. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Psalm 145.
Psalm 145 is a great song to help us prepare to come together in worship this morning. As we read David’s words, he speaks for each of us who knows the Lord so that we can enter into worship through his lyrics.
Verses 1-2 express David’s intention to give worship to God. He began by affirming his submission to the lordship of God by calling him “my king” in verse 1a. Verse 1b & 2b describes how long David will praise God (“for ever and ever”) while verse 2a states how often he will praise him: “every day.”
Verses 3-7 describe why God should be praised; namely, his powerful works witnessed by preceding generations and passed down by oral tradition from one generation to the next. These acts of God on behalf of his people all demonstrate a fundamental truth about God, described in verse 8: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” Verses 9-13 go on to say that all of the works of God—whether natural works, providential works, or miraculous works—“speak of your might” (v. 11b-12a), pointing people to God’s “everlasting kingdom” (v. 13a, 11a). Here David points beyond all that God does in this world to eternity; though David rules Israel, God’s kingdom on earth, David knows that his earthly throne in Israel is merely a temporary delegation and a picture of God’s ultimate rule over everything, culminating in eternity.
Verses 14-20 describe God’s sovereign rulership over everything on earth. He is righteous and faithful (vv. 13d, 17) in how he provides for the living among his creation (vv. 15-16), encourages and restores the fallen (v. 14), hears those who call on him “in truth” (v. 18), satisfies the desires of those who fear him (v. 19a), saves those who fear him from trouble (v. 19b), and protects those who love him (v. 20). This is quite a list of things that God does for us! Like all Psalms, this speaks of God’s general working in this world and for his loved one, not a nuanced list of promises. Still, if you have a refrigerator full of food, a house full of people you love and who love you, answers to prayer over the course of your life, and other joys of human life, you can join in this song of praise to God. As verse 21 concludes, “My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” Focus on these truths and let them prepare your heart as we assemble to worship the Lord together this morning.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.