The Psalms

Psalm 145

David praises God for his fame, 1-7; for his goodness, 8-10; for his kingdom, 11-13; for his providence, 14-16; for his justice, holiness, and saving mercy, 17-21.

1 [David's Psalm of Praise.]

I will extol you, my God, O king,/
and I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you/
and will praise your name forever and ever.

The LORD is great and greatly to be praised,/
and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise your works to another/
and declare your mighty acts.

I will speak of the glorious honor of your majesty/
and of your wondrous works.

And men shall speak of the might of your awesome acts./
And I will declare your greatness.

They shall abundantly utter the memory of your great goodness/
and sing of your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,/
slow to anger and of great mercy.

The LORD is good to all,/
and his tender mercies are over all his works.

10 All your works shall praise you, O LORD,/
and your saints shall bless you.

11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom/
and talk of your power,

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts/
and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,/
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14 The LORD upholds all who fall/
and raises up all those who are bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon you,/
and you give them their food in due season.

16 You open your hand/
and satisfy the desire of every living creature.

17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways/
and holy in all his works.

18 The LORD is near to all those who call upon him,/
to all who call upon him in truth.

19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him./
He also will hear their cry and save them.

20 The LORD preserves all those who love him,/
but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD./
And let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 145[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

The Psalmist is led to celebrate the praises of God by reflecting upon his excellent wisdom, goodness, and righteousness, both in the government of the world generally, and particularly in managing, superintending, and defending the children of men. After recounting in general the praises of his providence, he comes to speak of the special favor shown by him to his own people.