Psalm 145

Proclaim God’s goodness

We’re probably used to the idea of preaching. It tends to involve spreading the message of the gospel of salvation. But in this Psalm, which is about spreading the news about God, how much of it involves the message of salvation?

For example, in v4 David declares God’s “mighty acts”.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4 KJV)

In verse 7, it is His great goodness and righteousness:

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. (Psalm 145:7 KJV)

In verse 9, it is that He is good to all:

The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. (Psalm 145:9 KJV)

It seems to me that the Psalm is suggesting we talk to others about God’s character and His achievements. For example, it might involve speaking about how God has saved us from some trouble or anxiety (v14,19)

The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. … He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. (Psalm 145:14, 19 KJV)

Or how He answered our prayer for something we needed (v15-16).

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:15-16 KJV)

Notice that the Psalmist is not necessarily talking about what he will say to unbelievers. How regularly do we talk to our families and friends, even those who already believe in God, about who He is and the things He has done? What else can we find in this chapter worth talking to others about?

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