Both Yahweh’s kingdom and his name ascribe glory to him––and give us a glimpse into the nature of his being. For instance, “A psalm of David” could mean a psalm concerning David (but written by someone else). The psalmist is a poet, and thus words with poetic facility. “I will exalt (Hebrew: rum) you, my God, the King” (vv. 6. It also helped me to recognize the significance of a God who helps fallen people––fallen for whatever reason. Whether studying the far reaches of the heavens or the sub-microscopic particles that make up an atom, we keep finding wonders that people couldn’t have imagined even a generation ago. He might save them from their enemies. These verses make me wonder if they were intended for antiphonal singing––the first and third lines to be sung by a choir and the second and fourth lines by a soloist. 20 Yahweh preserves all those who love him, I will praise (Hebrew: barak) your name forever and ever” (vv. God's promises come with a guarantee. “Your saints (Hebrew: hasid) will extol (Hebrew: barak) you” (v. 10b). “Yahweh is faithful in all his words, and loving in all his deeds” (v. 13b). I tried to get up, but was dazed by the fall. and abundant in loving kindness, While hekal could refer to the tabernacle (which did exist during David’s lifetime), the usual Hebrew word for the tabernacle was miskan. Scholars have raised questions about the Davidic authorship of some psalms attributed to him. The promise is that Yahweh will guard the lives of those who love him. Psalm 145:5-7. I will declare your greatness. The psalms often ascribe kingship to Yahweh (Psalms 5:2; 24:7, 9; 29:10; 44:4; 47:2; 68:24; 74:12; 84:3; 93:1-2; 95:3; 96:10; 97:1; 99:1-4), as do the prophets (Isaiah 6:5; 33:22; 43:15; 44:6; Jeremiah 8:19; 10:7, 10; 46:18; 48:15; 51:57; Ezekiel 20:33; Zechariah 14:9, 16-17; Malachi 1:14). Yahweh’s righteousness is reflected in his covenant faithfulness. In fact, Psalm 145 through Psalm 150 are known as the Praise Psalms because all five of them begin and end with the words, “Praise the LORD!” This particular psalm is the last of the 73 psalms that David wrote. ), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vol. But the psalmist takes it to another level, inviting all flesh to bless (barak) Yahweh’s name forever and ever. Then he says God's greatness is more than anyone can fathom. “but all the wicked (Hebrew: rasa) he will destroy” (v. 20b). Most people read them instead of studying them. The adjective rasa means wicked or guilty. Especially we should speak of God's wondrous work of redemption, while we declare his greatness. Thank you. We still stand in awe of Yahweh’s wondrous works. 8. The latter meaning (praise) fits in this verse. The psalmist is saying that one generation’s praise will inform the next generation of Yahweh’s works. (Psalm 145:11-13). This half of the verse stands in stark contrast to the first half, where Yahweh preserves those who love him. Many scholars consider this psalm to be post-exilic (written after the Babylonian Exile), although that is far from certain. To appreciate the difficulty posed by the acrostic model, consider how difficult you would find it to compose a 26 verse poem with each verse starting with the next letter of the alphabet from A to Z. This particular psalm is the last of the 73 psalms that David wrote. The second is “his nose is out of joint,” which means that he is disturbed or angry or holding a grudge. The psalmist says that “Yahweh is faithful in all his words”––that he says what he is going to do, and then he does what he said he would do. Once again, the psalmist exercises his poetic skills to use different Hebrew words to express the same thing. For a human to comprehend the totality of Yahweh’s greatness would be like a toddler fully comprehending the complexity of a jet engine. The word hesed has a rich variety of meanings––kindness, lovingkindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, or love. The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. And this is what will make you grow as an individual and not waver in any way. Raham, when singular, means womb. Yahweh responds to those who look to him by giving them “food in due season”––at the proper time. The image that comes to mind is a guard in a combat zone whose vigilance can make the difference between life and death for the other members of the unit. to all who call on him in truth. No one is good but God alone." God's grace is promised to all especially to those who have fallen and need to be lifted up. 5 Of the glorious majesty of your honor, The Holy Spirit condescends to use even the more artificial methods of the poet, to secure attention, and impress the heart. “and of great loving kindness” (Hebrew: hesed) (v. 8b). “and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (v. 16b). The word hasid means kind, merciful, pious, and gracious. "Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? If that is true, how can we hope that God will save us? 14 Yahweh upholds all who fall, "The Lord is good to all, he has compassion on all he has made." and relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:12-13). This is really David’s crown jewel of praise, his swan song. (Psalm 145:14-21). The temple, of course, didn’t exist during David’s lifetime, but was built by his son, Solomon, after David’s death. He who seeks finds. Psalm 145 is the 145th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever". Two common phrases come to mind that might provide a clue. Even though Verse 3 is not at the end of the psalm, it has the theme for the entire psalm, and it summarizes what the psalm is all about. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. Most translations prefer “uphold,” because that fits best with “fall” in this line and “raises up” in the next. Especially we should speak of God's wondrous work of redemption, while we declare his greatness. We often use the phrase “words and deeds” to mean the totality of a person’s life. “and gracious (Hebrew: hasid) in all his works” (v. 17b). 10 All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh. But here the psalmist emphasizes Yahweh’s kindness, mercy, and graciousness “in all his works.” For more about Yahweh’s works, see the comments on verse 5 above. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 90-150, Vol. (Psalm 145:1-6). From father down to son. But there is something more in this verse as well. Distant help usually provides only the illusion of help. (Mark 10:18), That means we should limit the use of the word "good" and stop calling describing everything "good. “You open your hand” (v. 16a). 2. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. The psalmist is saying that Yahweh will help those who fear him to achieve the desires of their hearts. 1b). 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him. For the meaning of tob, see the comments on verse 6 above. (General Editor), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 vol., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), “Ask, and it will be given you. 2 Every day I will praise you. It may give help if you change the words round like this in these verses: 1. The word geburah means strength, power, might, and mighty deeds.