David's Psalm of praise.
King James Version of the
1 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.1
David, the earthly king of Israel, adores God who is his king. He blesses God's name giving Him praise with personal affection: this is a increasingly easy exercise as we advance in experience and grow in grace. David's praise of God was as eternal as God Himself.2
2 David's praise was not intermittent - not one day in seven, but every day; not for a brief span, but for all time. Our love to God and our praise to Him should be a daily matter. Every day God sends unnumbered blessings to His children, and there is every reason why we should praise Him daily.3
3 Worship should be somewhat like its object--great praise for a great God. Not all the great intellects of all the centuries are sufficient to penetrate the depths of God's unfathomable riches of grace, glory, and power. God's glory and majesty are ineffable, His goodness and mercy universal and abundant.2,3
4 Men shall hand down from father to son the account of God's mighty acts
of deliverance. The Israelites took great pleasure in recounting
the wonderful deliverances wrought by God on behalf of their
forefathers in Egypt and at the Red Sea. One generation after
another passes away, but praise and adoration to God continue.3
5 It is fitting that David, the king, should speak of the majesty of the King of kings. He has difficulty in finding language to express adequately the attributes of God.3
6 Horrific news is sure to spread: under mercies men may be dumb, but concerning miseries they raise a great outcry. While they are thus occupied with "fearsome facts", such as the drowning of a world, the destruction of the cities of the plain, the plagues of Egypt, the destruction at the Red Sea, and so forth, David would look at these affairs in another light, and sing another tune. He regarded these devastations as mighty deeds of God.2
7 The Lord's redeemed people having been filled with his great goodness,
shall retain the happy recollection of it, and shall be moved often
to utter those recollections. God's righteousness should be the theme of the Christian's song. Singing is a fitting way to render praise to God. Our hearts and voices should be often uplifted to the heavenly King in holy hymns. Music's highest and sweetest strains assist us to exalt our Creator.2,3
8 As God revealed Himself to Moses and to David, so He reveals Himself to us today, as a God who is full of tender mercy and graciousness. He regards all with the tenderest sympathy, especially those passing through the valley of affliction. God has long patience with perverse sinners. His great desire is that they should repent and turn to Him. He suffers long and continues to plead with men to repent of their sinful ways.3
9 God is impartial in His dealings with men. His sun shines and His rain falls on the evil and the good alike.3
10 Some of God's works praise him by their being, and others by their well being; some by their mere existence, and others by their hearty volition. Only saints or holy ones will bless or praise the Lord with reverence. If we praise Jehovah because of his works around us, we must go on to bless him for his works within us.2
11 Those who bless God from their hearts rejoice to see him enthroned, glorified, and magnified in power. It is their high pleasure to tell of the glory of his kingdom in its justice, kindness, eternity, and so forth. Kingdoms of earth are glorious for riches, for extent of territory, for victories, for liberty, for commerce, and other matters; but in all true glories the kingdom of Jehovah excels them. All power comes from God. Apart from him the laws of nature would be inoperative. His power is the one source of force - mechanical, vital, mental, spiritual.2
12 The glorious deeds of God are to be declared to all the world, and this responsibility rests upon the saints. Those only are qualified to do this work who have experience something of the power of God in their lives. The saints should be eager that others should understand and appreciate the mighty power of their redeemer.3
13 The Lord never abdicates His throne. Earthly kings and rulers may change, but the Ruler of the universe changeth not. The perpetuity of the kingdom of God stands out in contrast to the transitory nature of the kingdoms of this world.3
14 The Lord is ready to sustain all those who are sinking beneath life's burdens or who are falling before temptation. He will uphold them if they call upon Him.3
15 God is pictured as the great Provider, distributing food to all whenever they need it. The Lord is the Good Shepherd, feeding His flock and leading them where the pasture is green and the waters are still (Ps. 23:2). Every creature in the universe is dependent on Him, His resources are unlimited. He has ample provision for all.3
16 The Lord provides with open hand not only man's physical necessities but liberal stores of grace for all who seek Him. He is always on the giving side; His hand of grace is always open. He is able and willing to do exceeding abundantly above all that His children ask or think.3
17 God's ways and works in every case are righteous and holy, and worthy to be praised. In the salvation of his people he is as righteous and holy as in any other of his ways and works: he has not manifested mercy at the expense of justice, but the rather he has magnified his righteousness by the death of his Son.2
18 The Lord does not leave praying men, and men who confess his name, to battle with the world alone, but he is ever at their side. To pray in truth, we must have a true heart, and the truth in our heart; and then we must be humble, for pride is a falsehood; and be earnest, or else prayer is a lie.2
19 Holy hearts will desire only what is holy, so God has no problem in fulfilling such desires. He does not promise to grant the desire of the sinner. It would not be wise or kind to do so. As the tender mother's love is drawn out toward the cry of her child, so the Lord's ear is ever attuned to hear the cries of His children.3
20 They the love the Lord have advanced from fearing the Lord and crying to him, to loving him, and in that love they are secure from all danger. As good sanitary laws remove all creators of pest and plague, so does the moral government of God mark every evil thing for destruction; it cannot be tolerated in the presence of a perfectly holy God.2
21 Whatever others may do, I will not be silent in the praise of the Lord: whatever others may speak upon, my topic is fixed once for all: I will speak the praise of Jehovah. Praise is no monopoly for one, even though he be a David. All men of every race, condition, or generation should unite to glorify God.2
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
H. Spurgeon, "The Treasury of David" - http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries
3. SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 3 pgs. 934-935
4. Adam Clarke's Commentaries - Psalm 145 - www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarke.htm
Easton Bible Dictionary -