A praise-hymn concerning the kingdom of the Lord, and the Lord the King 

Praise resounds through this song from beginning to end, and in this respect it brings us near to the environment of Heaven. The greatness, graciousness, righteousness and goodness of God are extolled. God’s provision, preservation and providence are rejoiced in, and His government and kingdom take on eternal properties. 

Both spiritual and temporal truths are listed. The Universality of dependence is taught (v. 15), as well as the Infinitude of divine resources (v. 16). We also see the Timelessness of provision (v. 15), with the Grace of that provision (v. 16), “Thou openest thine Hand.” David also writes of the Sufficiency of the supply (v. 16), “Thou satisfiest.” If only we would trust and open our eyes to Him, He will open His Hand to us. Even dumb beggars can speak with their eyes. In olden days in Scotland, each home had a meal barrel. A young Scots boy, when hungry, always saw food provided when his mother prayed. He told her, ‘God hears you when you are scraping the bottom of the barrel.’


Psalm 145 - First Version

  1  I'll thee extol, my God, O King;
        I'll bless thy name always.
  2  Thee will I bless each day, and will
        thy name for ever praise.

  3  Great is the Lord, much to be praised;
        his greatness search exceeds.
  4  Race unto race shall praise thy works,
        and show thy mighty deeds.

  5  I of thy glorious majesty
        the honor will record;
     I'll speak of all thy mighty works,
        which wondrous are, O Lord.

  6  Men of thine acts the might shall show,
        thine acts that dreadful are;
     And I, thy glory to advance,
        thy greatness will declare.

  7  The mem'ry of thy goodness great
        they largely shall express;
     With songs of praise they shall extol
        thy perfect righteousness.

  8  The Lord is very gracious,
        in him compassions flow;
     In mercy he is very great,
        and is to anger slow.

  9  The Lord Jehovah unto all
        his goodness doth declare;
     And over all his other works
        his tender mercies are.

 10  Thee all thy works shall praise, O Lord,
        and thee thy saints shall bless;
 11  They shall thy kingdom's glory show,
        thy pow'r by speech express:

 12  To make the sons of men to know
        his acts done mightily,
     And of his kingdom th' excellent
        and glorious majesty.

 13  Thy kingdom shall for ever stand,
        thy reign through ages all.
 14  God raiseth all that are bowed down,
        upholdeth all that fall.

 15  The eyes of all things wait on thee,
        the giver of all good;
     And thou, in time convenient,
        bestow'st on them their food:

 16  Thine hand thou open'st lib'rally,
        and of thy bounty gives
     Enough to satisfy the need
        of ev'ry thing that lives.

 17  The Lord is just in all his ways,
        holy in his works all.
 18  God's near to all that call on him,
        in truth that on him call.

 19  He will accomplish the desire
        of those that do him fear:
     He also will deliver them,
        and he their cry will hear.

 20  The Lord preserves all who him love,
        that naught can them annoy:
     But he all those that wicked are
        will utterly destroy.

 21  My mouth the praises of the Lord
        to publish cease shall never:
     Let all flesh bless his holy name
        for ever and for ever.


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