Psalm 145: Confirmation of God’s Greatness

How can we know that our love for God is sufficient for us to praise him “forever”?

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Psalm 145:1–2 A song of David for praise.
I lift you up in praise, my God and king. I will honor you forever, saying only good things about you every day.
King James
Psalm 145:1–2 <David’s Psalm of praise.> I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

What can we do to better understand God’s greatness?

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Psalm 145:3 The Lord is great, more than anything we can imagine, above what words can express.
King James
Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

What kinds of stories should we be telling to our children and grandchildren?

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Psalm 145:4–6 People will tell their stories of God’s miraculous works to the next generation, praising him for his greatness.
People will talk about the amazing things you have done, God, proclaiming how great you are.
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Psalm 145:4–6 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

How does one great story lead to another?

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Psalm 145:7 One great story of your goodness will bring another miracle to mind, causing everyone to sing of your righteousness.
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Psalm 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

Is it possible to be loving and angry at the same time? Why?

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Psalm 145:8 The Lord is kind and caring, not easily angered but full of love.
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Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

What does it mean to be “compassionate”?

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Psalm 145:9 The Lord wants the best for everyone, so he is compassionate in all he does.
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Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

How can we know what God is doing so we can appreciate his greatness?

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Psalm 145:10–12 Everything you do confirms your greatness, Lord, and all your people will praise you. They will declare the greatness of your power and the glory of your kingdom, making everyone aware of your miracles and majestic reign.
King James
Psalm 145:10–12 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

How can God’s kingdom endure forever?

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Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom will endure forever. You will reign throughout all generations.
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Psalm 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Under what circumstances might those who have reached rock bottom not be lifted up?

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Psalm 145:14 The Lord will help those who stumble and fall. He’ll lift up those who have reached rock bottom.
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Psalm 145:14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

Why might God’s definition of “just the right time” differ from ours?

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Psalm 145:15–16 Everyone depends on you, and your provision comes at just the right time. Your hand is open to supply the needs of every living thing.
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Psalm 145:15–16 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

When things don’t go our way, how can we be confident that the Lord is “faithful and kind”?

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Psalm 145:17 The Lord is faithful and kind, always doing what is right.
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Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

How important is sincerity in our prayers?

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Psalm 145:18–19 He listens to all who call on him in sincerity and truth.
He will satisfy the desires of those who revere him, putting him first. He will hear their prayers and deliver them.
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Psalm 145:18–19 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

What does it mean to “love” God? What is the consequence of not loving God??

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Psalm 145:20 The Lord takes care of those who love him, but the wicked will be destroyed.
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Psalm 145:20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Why do we need to tell our mouths to praise God?

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Psalm 145:21 Let the words from my mouth bring praise to the Lord. Let everyone recognize his greatness and praise him forever.
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Psalm 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.