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Psalm 145 – The Greatness and Goodness of God

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Psalm 145

The Greatness and the Goodness of God

Praise. Of David.

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;

his greatness is unsearchable.

4    One generation shall laud 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    The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,

and I will declare your greatness.

7    They shall celebrate 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 compassion is over all that he has made.

10   All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your faithful shall bless you.

11   They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,

and tell of your power,

12   to make known to all people 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 gracious in all his deeds.

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,

satisfying the desire of every living thing.

17   The Lord is just in all his ways,

and kind in all his doings.

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 all who fear him;

he also hears their cry, and saves them.

20   The Lord watches over all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

21   My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever. [1]

 

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Psalm 145 is about the greatness and goodness of God. Which verses speak most to you?
  2. Which verses in Psalm 145 are most challenging to you?

 

Prayer:  Lord, you are great.  Lord, you are good.  Your mercy is from everlasting to everlasting!  Lord, I thank you for this day.  You have already helped me to sort out this day, with its multiplicity of tasks.  Lord, I do not know how you do it, but somehow, some way, you help me with my priorities.  You help me with a clear understanding of the pitfalls, challenges and opportunities.  Bless me now to run this race.  Bless me with a sense of clarity.  Bless me with a sharp sense of focus.  Bless me now with your favor.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 145). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Every day Will I bless Thee!

“Every Day will I bless thee…Psalm 145:2

With every waking day I think God. I think the Lord for life. I thank the Lord for strength. I thank the Lord for the significant relationships in my life. I thank the Lord for every friendship. I thank the Lord for every challenge, every obstacle, every painful and hurtful moment. And happy times and sad times I see the hand of the Lord and everything and it is his strength that strengthens me.

Written by Rev Dr. Nick Hood3

Questions for Reflection:

1.     What does it mean to “Bless the Lord?”

2.    What does Psalm 145 mean to you?

Prayer:  Lord, I bless your Holy name!  When I think of your grace and mercy, your faith and love, I say thank you.  I thank you for being with me at my best,  I thank you for standing with me when I have been at my worst.  You are my inspiration.  You are my hope, joy, and confidence.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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California Route 1 and the Majesty of God

California Route 1 and the Majesty of God!

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View From California Route 1

 

The majesty of God is breathtaking and at every step we turn. I see the handiwork of God in every human face, in our smiles, frowns, thickness of our hair, or lack thereof, the way we walk, the way we talk, in our laugh, memories, in every sculpted definition of the torso and limbs, big and small lips, joy and pain. I also see the majesty of God in the landscape around us. From the dirt to the grass, the little and big bugs, the flowers and the trees, I see God

One of the most dramatic examples of the majesty of God is California Route 1. Route 1 extends 1550 miles from Los Angeles to the south, to Olympia Washington on the north. While I have not traveled Route 1 in Oregon or Washington, I have driven its breathtaking lanes between San Francisco and Monterey, California.

Much of the part of Route 1 that I have driven is a two-lane road with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and sculpted, rolling hills to the east. It is also home to acres of fruit and vegetable farms that provide a major part of the food pantry for America and beyond. I encourage everyone who has not yet experienced Route 1 to drive a portion of its expanse. You owe it to yourself to witness this small portion of the majesty of God!

When I visit my son, daughter in law and grand-daughter in the Bay Area, I try to reserve at least one day to ride up and down Route 1, stopping to take pictures along the way. From Route 1, I can see the ocean. The rock formations are breathtaking. The road does not have many guard rails, so driving Route 1 makes me focus. When I look around the whole picture, I am filled with the sense that what I am experiencing has been around for millions of years and I am only a small participant in a sliver of the history of the earth that created such a masterpiece.

I find myself praying to the Lord, “Surely only a good God could have created this!”

Psalm 145: 10         All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your faithful shall bless you.

11  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,

and tell of your power,

12  to make known to all people your mighty deeds,

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Where and in what do you see the majesty of God?
  2. Do you see the majesty of God in human beings? In what ways?

 

Prayer: Lord, the earth proclaims your majesty from the jagged rock to the lowly valley. The moon, stars, the sun sing your praise. From the depth of the oceans blue, to the brilliance of the sky above, Lord you are majestic in all your ways! Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III: “California Route 1 Near Half Moon Bay”

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, photos and publications from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 145:10–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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