I Will Praise Your Name Forever

Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
(Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 10-11)

Scripture Study

145:2 praise your name Echoes the psalmist’s statement that he will bless God’s name.

145:3 his greatness is unsearchable Emphasizes that God—along with all of His worthy qualities—is simply too much for people to comprehend.

145:4 your mighty acts This term usually refers to God’s rescue of Israel from enslavement in Egypt (see Exod 7:1–5). Israel regularly worshiped God by remembering His saving actions.

145:5 I will meditate Meditation in the psalms involves considering Yahweh, and then expressing the results of that process. The psalms portray meditation as a sort of worship (see Psa 1).

145:10 All your works May refer to God’s actions on behalf of Israel or His actions in creating and sustaining creation. Psalm 145 includes both ideas. your faithful The word chasid (“faithful” or “pious”) refers to those who live in accordance with God’s chesed (His covenant love).

Scripture Reflection

The psalm praises the name of the LORD by reciting the attributes and actions that comprise the character of the LORD. The LORD is praised every day forever and ever, from one generation to another by all his works and all his faithful for all his words and deeds.

The very character of the LORD tells us that He does not require praise. But the psalmist is overtaken by the unexplainable and unfathomable nature of the LORD and can only shout, “My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD.”

Perhaps we should consider what the ancients said regarding this psalm: “Every one who repeats the song of praise (Tehillah) of David three times a day may be sure that they are a child of the world to come.”  Let us consider then our daily praise the LORD.

– James Mays

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.