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Psalm 145

God Wants Us to Call on Him!

A Praise of David.

 1 I will extol You, my God, O King;
God is the Ruler. This sounds self-obvious but we all tend to forget this axiomatic fact from time to time.

         And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
David says he bless God forever. This indicates believes in an eternal life and a long future.

 2 Every day I will bless You,
Every day is new. We need to give thanks for every day of our lives.

         And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
We are not mostly the type who want to be better than others. We do however wish to be an improvement on ourselves. Every day we should endeavor to improve some aspect of our conduct, thought patterns, and mode of existence.

 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
         And His greatness is unsearchable.
We cannot hope to fathom anything about God. Nevertheless by praising HIM we ourselves can grow. We can be bigger and better than we otherwise would have been.
 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another,
         And shall declare Your mighty acts.
Every generation has its own miracles to tell. We are each descended from others. We have a duty to them. Perhaps we need to fulfill an inherited goal that they were not able to carry out?
This is the importance of learning history and taking heed of the past.
We should also learn the Bible daily.

 5 I  will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
         And on Your wondrous works.

 6 Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts,
         And I will declare Your greatness.
"Might" in Hebrew "Ezuz". This is the name of a small Israeli settlement on the border with Egypt.

 7 They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness,
         And shall sing of Your righteousness.
We do not always see the righteousness of the Almighty. This is mainly due to our own omissions and sins. Nevertheless God is good and upright with us. HIS truth calls out to us. We should learn to listen.
 8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
         Slow to anger and great in mercy.
We should imitate the Almighty. Be good, kind, polite, considerate, and grateful to others. Avoid getting angry. Anger tends to take control of a person and lead them to say and do things they would not really want to.

 9 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.
Your saints: In  Hebrew "chasideca" i.e. those of Yours who do kindness to others and dedicate themselves to you. Such people exist.

 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,
         And talk of Your power,
They who cleave to God merit to see miracles and great deeds proving the existence of the Almighty.

 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 who are bowed down.
Those who fall means all those who falter and stumble whether physically, economically, spiritually, or otherwise. God can and will help us if we ask him.
#who fall# in Hebrew "HaNoflim" from the root "FaL" (also pronounced as "PaL") which also gives us the English word "fall" which is pronounced exactly the same as in Hebrew and means the same.

 15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
         And You give them their food in due season.

 16 You open Your hand
         And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
 17 The LORD is righteous in all His ways,
         Gracious in all His works.

 18 The LORD is near to all 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.
Fear God and call on HIM when you are in need.

 20 The LORD preserves all who love Him,
         But all the wicked He will destroy.
The wicked will be punished. We should all be as good as we can and at the least avoid being wicked. If someone is caught up in a rut that does not let one go call to the Almighty and help will come.
The Commentary of the Malbim points out that Divine Providence is more closely felt the more one loves the Almighty. They will be protected. They will have no need to cry out. Others however who serve God out of fear or mainly when they are in need or in trouble will need to cry out. Nevertheless whosoever cries to God in truth will be heard. They will be heard and helped even though their moral level and standard of obedience may not be the highest.

 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD,
         And all flesh shall bless His holy name
         Forever and ever.
There will be an End of Days and the whole world shall be rectified. Everything good a person does is stored up for them. They will be rewarded in this world and through their descendants and in the End Times and in Life in the World to Come. The reward will be manifold and eternal.

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