Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Closer Look at Psalm 145

This particular analysis of a psalm is so interesting to me.  As I read this psalm yesterday morning, I pondered and thought and wondered what made it unique and different.  I focused on the words and the rhythms as I normally do, and you know what I found?  Well you will in a minute...

I found a wonderful pattern ~ here, I'll show it to you visually... {Although, is there another way to show something to someone, than visually??}

"I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.
Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
And shall sing of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
The Lord is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works. 

All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all how are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever."

The pink is first person:  "I will declare Your greatness."  The blue is third person:  "Your saints shall bless You," and "All Your works shall praise You."  And the red lines are the facts; the truth of why He is to be praised.

I love that David did this, and I thought (not for the first time) about what a great writer David was.  If I were in charge of psalms, I just never would have thought to mix and match, ya know?  I'd have done a psalm about me praising Him, and then another psalm about others praising Him, and then a different one altogether about reasons to praise Him. 

Of course, David did that, too.

But mostly, I thought this was a beautiful representation of the truth of Philippians 2:10-11 ~ "every knee will bow and every tongue confess..."  It's sort of "I praise; you praise; he, she and it praise."

What a wonderful conjugation. 

~ "at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, 
of those in heaven, and those on earth,
and of those under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father." ~
Philippians 2:10-11

No comments:

Post a Comment