Wednesday, May 22, 2013

God Is Great!

1 I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise Your Name forever and ever. 2 I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise You forever. 3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness. 4 Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts; let them proclaim Your power. 5 I will meditate on Your majestic, glorious splendor and Your wonderful miracles. 6 Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim Your greatness. 7 Everyone will share the story of Your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about Your righteousness. 8 The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love (see also Exodus 34:6-7). 9 The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation. 10 All of Your works will thank You, Lord, and Your faithful followers will praise You. 11 They will speak of the glory of Your kingdom; they will give examples of Your power. 12 They will tell about Your mighty deeds and about the majesty and glory of Your reign. 13 For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does. 14 The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. 15 The eyes of all look to You in hope; You give them their food as they need it. 16 When You open Your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. 17 The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness. 18 The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth (sincerely, genuinely). 19 He grants the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them. 20 The Lord protects all those who love Him, but He destroys the wicked. 21 I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless His Holy Name forever and ever. Psalms 145:1-21 (NLT).

Psalm 145 gives a wonderful description of the true and living God. God is great (Psalm 145:3). He is full of love, mercy, and compassion (Psalm 145:8, 17; see also Exodus 34:6–7; Numbers 14:18; Jonah 4:2 and Nehemiah 9:17). No matter what bad things we may have done in the past, God is always ready to receive us with open arms and forgiveness (see also Isaiah 65:1-2; see also Luke 15:11-32). All we need to do is simply come to God and turn from sin!  If you have trouble turning from sin, humbly ask God to help you turn from your sins and despair (Acts 2:21). The true and living God is faithful to help you. 

Sometimes our burdens and troubles seem too hard to bear. But God tells us to come to Him as the Great Burden Bearer (Psalm 145:14; see also Matthew 11:28-30). God will carry our burdens and lift us up as He is faithful to rely upon. If you are sad and discouraged, God will bring you comfort and encouragement (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). We can cast all our cares and burdens upon God, because God cares and loves us (1 Peter 5:7; see also Psalm 104:27-28 and Matthew 6:26). God is truly He is mighty to save (Zephaniah 3:17). 

God is so great and kind (Psalm 145:3, 17) and He knows our every need (Matthew 6:25-34). His greatness and goodness continues from generation to generation (Psalm 145:4, 8-9) as He rules from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 145:13; see also I Timothy 1:17). Also, God is mighty, glorious, and majesty (Psalm 145:5) and filled with awesome works (Psalm 145:5-6). Moreover, God is righteous (Psalm 145:7), patient, and loving (Psalm 145:8-9). He supplies all our daily needs (Psalm 145:15-16; see also Philippians 4:19-20). God is so good and we can always trust the faithfulness of God. God’s goodness extends to all people (Psalm 145:9; see also Matthew 5:45) and He is near to “all who call upon Him” (Psalm 145:18; see also Deuteronomy 4:7). 

So, if you have a need, humbly call upon God with all honor, love, and truth (Psalm 145:18). God always hears our genuine cries for help (Psalm 145:19-20). If you stumble, God will help you up (Psalm 145:14). If you are hungry, God will feed you (Psalm 145:15–16). If you call, God draws near you (Psalm 145:18). God is the ultimate source for all our needs and desires. One day the world will recognize God and worship Him. Who could not worship our great and living God with these magnificent features?

1 The Lord says, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ . . . . 2 All day long I opened my arms to a rebellious people. But they follow their own evil paths and their own crooked schemes. . . . 24 I will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:1-2, 24 (NLT)

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