Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Title: Praising God From One Generation To The Next
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
One of the most outstanding quality of David’s walk with God is that he never stops praising God. “Because your lovingkindness is better than life; my lips shall praise You.” (Ps 63:3). David has intentionally decided to praise God at all times. He praised God in good times and bad times; he praised God when he was running away from his enemies or reigning as a king in his palace.
In Psalm 145, he repeatedly praised God. Notice the three different words he used. “Praise” (barak) repeated in each verse; the second word he used is “Exalt” (rum) and the third word is “Extol” (halal). To “Exalt” (v1) means to lift someone up high. “Extol” (v2) is another word for praise. “Worthy” (v3) means that something is well deserved. “Fathom” (v3) is a word that describes something that is hard to understand.
In this Psalm, David reveals to us four key reasons that cause him to lift his God and King high up every day. He praises God because God is Great (v3); He praises God because God is gracious and merciful (v8-9); He praises God because God sustains all who fall (v14); He praises God because God is righteous in His ways and kind in His deeds (v17).
“Great is the Lord!” Who can fully understand the greatness of Yahweh? Our finite minds can only think about it and probe into it but we barely scratch the surface of the unfathomable Greatness of God. It is like a toddler trying to understand the working of a smartphone where he enjoys seeing his favourite cartoons or songs. We thank God for His miraculous works in each of our lives but we have no clue of His ways.
4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
This verse reminds me of my growing up with Christian parents. They will tell me stories of their suffering and hardship especially before and after World War II. The war had changed everything for them. Thankfully, they were married as Christians in Ipoh Elim Hall before the war. After the war they had to change the name of their business from Lai Kong (meaning beautiful light) to Yun Kong (meaning the grace of God’s light.) They reminded me again and again, how they lost everything during the war and literally started all over again with nothing except the grace of God. The Israelites repeated their stories from one generation to the next about their slavery in Egypt, 40 years in the wilderness and their entering into Canaan the promised land. All of us have our own unique story to tell our children of how God delivered us from the slavery of sin, or our wandering in the wilderness of sin and how we entered into the promised land of God’s salvation.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Psalm 145 has the first and second verses as introduction but David conclude this praise with one verse.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord. And all flesh shall bless His holy name. Forever and ever.
“The last verse of Psalm 145 is the last word we have from David in the Bible. It is his last will and testament. If he had said nothing else in his long life, these words would be a fine legacy for future generations. In it he praises God and invites others to praise God also.” (Boice)
Before you pray:
- I would like you to list down how David describes God, “The Lord is …” from Psalm 145.
- What about beginning each day and ending each day by learning to Praise the Lord?
- You don’t need to think about specific things that God has done for you. It is ok to repeat words of praise! “Lord, you are a just Great and Awesome God.”
- What about singing a song of Praise to our gracious and compassionate God?
Prayer for Today
Dear God, We praise you with our hearts, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your power and love. We confess that we need you every minute of the day. We know that apart from you our lives will go around and around, going nowhere. We struggle and worry, get weary and worn. But your presence continues to lift us up and keeps us going. Thank You Lord, you are our strength. We ask your Holy Spirit to fill us, keep us close to you, that we can hear you and follow you today.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
在诗篇145中，他反复地赞美上帝。注意他使用的三个不同的词。在每节经文中都重复“赞美”（barak）；他使用的第二个词是“ 尊崇”（rum），第三个词是“ 赞美（英：Extol）”（halal）。 “尊崇”（1节）的意思是将一个人抬高。 “ 英文的Extol”（2节）是赞美的另一个词。 “该受”（3节）表示配得拥有的。 “ 无法测度”（3节）的意思是难以理解。
这节经文使我想起了我在基督化家庭成长的经历。父母会告诉我他们在二次世界大战前后所遭受苦难的故事。大战改变了他们。感谢主他们是基督徒，并在战争前已在怡保以琳堂（Ipoh Elim Hall）举行了婚礼。战后，他们不得不将生意名“Lai Kong”（意为美丽的光）更改为“Yun Kong”（意为上帝恩典之光）。他们一次又一次地提醒我，他们在战争中如何失去一切，并单单靠着上帝的恩典重新开始生活。以色列人一代又一代地讲述他们在埃及当奴仆，在旷野40年和进入应许之地迦南的故事。我们每个人都有自己独特的故事，告诉我们的孩子上帝如何救我们脱离罪的奴役，或者我们在罪恶的旷野中游荡，以及我们如何进入神应许的救赎之地。
• 你不必思想上帝为你所行过的具体事件。你可以重复赞美的话！ “上帝，祢真是一位伟大的神。”