A Couple Minutes with Christ Today…
Today I am starting a new occasional devoltional Blog/Eblast called:
“A Couple Minutes with Christ Today…”
Today let’s ponder the incredible and inspiring message of Law and Gospel from God’s Word in Psalm 145. It’s a beautiful poetic expression of praise and thanks to God! God revealed and recorded Psalm 145 through King David (who lived around 1,000 B.C.):
Great Is the Lord. A Song of Praise. Of David.
145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Christians often conlude an Old Testament Psalm with this Trinitarian Doxology (statement of praise):
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be forever and ever. Amen.
Footnote-Psalm 145 is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Which is really cool if you happen to know how to read Hebrew (ha).
Whether we are at home, working, hiking in the mountains, walking on the beach, camping, or in worship, there’s no better way to begin, continue, or end a day than taking some time out to explore, reflect, cherish, and grow in God’s Holy Word!
2 Peter 3:18 -- But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Trusting Christ Together Today, Tomorrow, and Always,
Pastor Scott Schmieding