Psalm 145:3 (NIV)
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
Psalm 145:3 (MSG)
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to his greatness.
“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is [so vast and profound as to be] unsearchable [incomprehensible to man].” -AMPLIFIED
For days now I have awakened with a snippet of song running through my mind; “Worthy, Worthy, Worthy; You are worthy to be praised.” Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, indeed!
Spurgeon reminds us of an important fact, “Worship should be somewhat like its object—great praise for a great God. There is no part of Jehovah’s greatness which is not worthy of great praise… Praise may be said to be great when the song contains great matter, when the hearts producing it are intensely fervent, and when large numbers unite in the grand acclaim. No chorus is too loud, no orchestra too large, no psalm too lofty for the lauding of the Lord of Hosts.” -Charles Spurgeon (Treasury of David)
David, the writer of this Psalm, begins Psalm 145 with these words, “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” (vs. 1-2 NIV)
Let us notice two things: 1. David, the king, exalts God as his KING. 2. David acknowledges that he will praise God forever and forever. David realized his place and position with God and he humbly accepted it. David also realized that this life’s purpose was to praise God as well as all of eternity. We were created to praise God!
“There is an aspect about God that we will never understand. Even in heaven, the picture is one of all of creation bowing in worship before the Lord. There is an eternal difference between God and ALL of his creation. So if there are things that you don’t understand about God, recognize that this is an eternal reality. His glory overwhelms our understanding to the point that all we can do is respond in worship, so go ahead and take time to praise Him today.” -Dave Whitehead
God’s greatness may be more than we can fathom or understand, but that does not give us reason to be slack in our praise to or for Him. In fact, it should spur us on to praise Him more and cause us to humbly seek to know Him more.
David reminds us in later verses of the fact that God has always and will be forever the talk of the town; He alone is worthy! “Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness. The fame of your goodness spreads across the country; your righteousness is on everyone’s lips. God is all mercy and grace—not quick to anger, is rich in love. God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace. Creation and creatures applaud you, God; your holy people bless you. They talk about the glories of your rule, they exclaim over your splendor, Letting the world know of your power for good, the lavish splendor of your kingdom.” -Psalm 145:4-12 (MSG)
Worthy, Worthy, Worthy; He is worthy of our praise! People, we will be spending all of eternity praising His Name; let us be sure we are doing it here and now. God is magnificent and wonderful; let us take time today to praise His Name!
Lord God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, you are wonderful. I praise your Name; for you are indeed a great God and worthy of all praise. As David did, I too do, I exalt you. You are my God and King. May your praise fill my mouth; may worship for you pour forth from my heart. Let me in turn become closer and closer to you, dear Lord. I know one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I choose today to do this in acknowledging you are the ONE and ONLY TRUE GOD! I will praise your Name for You alone are WORTHY!