Psalm 145 has David singing praises to God. Remember, David is king himself, yet he puts God in a very different place of praise. “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever”. David knows that God is the King of Kings, not merely another king among kings. He has a daily relationship with His King. “Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever”. It is the dailyness of our relationship with God that is so important. This isn’t a couple hours on a Sunday morning. It is day by day, moment by moment. David walked with God that way.
He also knew of God’s greatness and how worthy He was of praise. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” God sits on His throne above all. He is so far above mankind that we truly can’t even comprehend His greatness. Part of our role as humans is to pass on that message and make sure the next generation knows who God is and how great is His majesty. We’re falling short on that job. “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts”. We aren’t telling the story of God’s goodness and blessings well at all. The coming generations have little if any understanding of the greatness of our God.
Our example and the words we speak are self-centered, not God centered. We take credit for the good that occurs rather than pointing to the One who actually deserves the praise and glory. We need to get focused on God, not self. We don’t deserve credit for anything. God is the One who creates and controls all. We need to focus on Him. We need to meditate and talk about His power and goodness. “On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate”. That’s what David did.
Fortunately for us, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made”. God puts up with our selfish focus, at least for a while. But His patience will run out and we’ll have to give account for how we live and what we do. He never changes. He isn’t going anywhere. He wants to be known to all mankind. He wants His message of grace and mercy shared among all peoples. It is a forever message. “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations”. Are you telling the story?