Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 1-22-19

January 22, 2019

Psalm 145 The Message (MSG)

In our passage today, David shares his extravagant praise of God’s faithfulness.  David gives thanks and confesses the unfathomable greatness of God.  David’s praise is built on his appreciation for God’s kingdom and rule in his life.  God alone rules in righteousness and under His authority God’s people are safe in His care.  David sings about how God has always been there to help him through the difficult times with His healing grace.  Humanity was created to give God praise not because God needs it, but because praising God takes our eyes off from our humanity and places our hopes on Someone greater who sincerely and purely loves us. 

If you are going through a tough time, then bow in praise and thanksgiving to God.  Ask God to take care of you and everything involved in this trial.  Ask and you will find Him faithful.  Give fear no room in your thoughts or emotions.  God will always stick by you—He is faithful beyond human understanding—and He will provide for you in every way.  You have God’s Word or promise to be your Standby.  Let your faith in God be greater than your fears!  Praise Him because He alone is worthy to be praised!  I look forward to the day when everything on heaven and earth gives God praise and honor!

Psalm 145 David’s Praise

1

I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!

    and I’ll bless your name into eternity.

I’ll bless you every day,

    and keep it up from now to eternity.

God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.

    There are no boundaries to his greatness.

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.

10-11 

Creation and creatures applaud you, God;

    your holy people bless you.

They talk about the glories of your rule,

    they exclaim over your splendor,

12 

Letting the world know of your power for good,

    the lavish splendor of your kingdom.

13 

Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;

    you never get voted out of office.

God always does what he says,

    and is gracious in everything he does.

14 

God gives a hand to those down on their luck,

    gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.

15 

All eyes are on you, expectant;

    you give them their meals on time.

16 

Generous to a fault,

    you lavish your favor on all creatures.

17 

Everything God does is right—

    the trademark on all his works is love.

18 

God’s there, listening for all who pray,

    for all who pray and mean it.

19 

He does what’s best for those who fear him—

    hears them call out, and saves them.

20 

God sticks by all who love him,

    but it’s all over for those who don’t.

21 

My mouth is filled with God’s praise.

    Let everything living bless him,

    bless his holy name from now to eternity!

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for your faithfulness in my life.  You have been faithful in the past, you are faithful now, and you will be faithful throughout eternity because you love me. Nothing can separate me from your love.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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