Thirty-Second Day of Lent

Psalm 145
Orientation

This past year has presented my husband and me with a variety of challenges. We have moved into a new home, in a new community, and both of us started new jobs. Amongst many joys and blessing there have been times where it has been difficult to adjust into these new roles and expectations.

Psalm 145 is a beautiful song of praise that reminds us how amazing and unfathomable the works of our God and King truly are. David intends for this Psalm to help us refocus our attention and revitalize our bodies to share in the glory and presence of our sovereign Lord.

“I will exalt you my God the King;
I will praise your name forever, and ever.” (vs. 1, NIV)

As I read through the Psalm I continually retuned to the idea that our God is unfathomable–that through Him every living thing is satisfied. God has a plan for each and every one of us. At times this plan seems blurry, out of reach, or brings us to a stand still. However, this Psalm explicitly demonstrates that our God will lift us up as a result of His greatness, righteousness, faithfulness, compassion, and grace so that we can invite others to join in His salvation.

“The Lord is gracious and compassionate;
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (vs.8)

We have a responsibility to share in God’s plan and bring the news of salvation and praise of our God the King to everyone around us. It is through our challenges in life that God enables us to use our gifts and our strengths through His love to bring others to Him. When we continually praise God in our lives and exude his love through our actions, we join in the idea that someday we will all join together in recognizing and praising God.

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” (vs. 21)

Heidi Dyck
Minnedosa, MB