“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. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to You in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When You open Your hand, You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in everything He does; He is filled with kindness. The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them. The Lord protects all those who love Him, but He destroys the wicked. I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless His Holy Name forever and ever.”
Psalms 145:13-21 NLT
That’s just one Scripture and a few select verses. But the entirety of scriptures is packed with promises just like those. He is faithful and unchangeable indeed. Not one word or promise will ever fail to reach its intended soul and desired end. The wonderful thing about this psalm of David is, God isn’t saying these things about Himself, but someone who has experienced it is. He is indeed our everything.
What do you need Him to do today? He’s able and willing. When the leper needing a touch from Jesus said “if You are willing” Jesus responded by saying that He was. Why? Because according to what we just read. That’s who He always was. Willing to do whatever it took to demonstrate His great love and kindness towards His creation. Matthew 8:2; Luke 5:12. But in this same psalm David wrote.
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation.”
Psalms 145:8-9 NLT
It’s impossible for God to lie but doubly impossible for Him to change. He Himself declared that “I am the Lord! I change not! Malachi 3:6. That’s why we’re not all consumed. He gives us mercy over judgment. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God. He took what I deserved and gave me what He deserved. I’ll never comprehend His love and grace but I’m sure grateful for it. Aren’t you? He has made Himself of no reputation. See Philippians 2:7-10. He did that so He could be our everything.
Have you, like David, discovered or experienced all the ways He’s been good? How does it make you feel when you meditate or reflect on all His goodness towards you? Just knowing that He keeps His promises is enough for me. Whether I have the manifestation or not is irrelevant. He has a proven track record of being faithful. David says generations will praise His works (faithfulness) to another. Verse 4. Certainly there’d be nothing to praise if there wasn’t proof that He keeps every Word He speaks. We are obligated to tell others of the good things He’s done in our lives.
If you’re silent it’s one of two things: you don’t know Him, or you don’t trust Him. He hasn’t changed. Stop looking around at what hasn't happened and start believing that they have. We believe and speak because we have been given a speaking Spirit. One who reveals all the Truth that pertains to life. We just haven’t learned how to live according to the Spirit. My pastor said something the other day that absolutely blessed me. He said faith is given for the things we’ll face in life. We think or believe that we’ve been given faith just to ask for nice things. It is more than that. It’s the ability to face and endure whatever challenges that may come to us, with grace and poise. Trusting in the One who is our everything.
The last verse of the chapter is the capstone and true witness to our experience and confidence in Him. This will always be the result. I’ll repeat it here in closing. Because the one who has truly received from Him grace upon grace, will have a mouth filled with praise.
“My mouth is filled with God’s praise. Let everything living bless Him, bless His Holy Name from now to eternity!”
Psalms 145:21 MSG
See Morning Messages: A Satisfied Mouth. November 4, 2021
Go deeper: Exodus 34:6; 2 Chronicles 30:9; Nehemiah 9; Psalms 86:15; 103:8; 111:4; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit
January 17, 2022