Old Testament Commentary - Psalms 145

by Don R. Hender

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       CHAPTER 145          

David extols the greatness and majesty of God—The Lord is good to all—His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom—He is nigh unto all who call upon him, and preserves those who love him. David's Psalm of praise.

  1 I WILL extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
  2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
  3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
  4 One ageneration shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
  5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
  6 And men shall speak of the might of thy aterrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
  7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
  8 The LORD is agracious, and full of bcompassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
  9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
  10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy asaints shall bless thee.
  11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
  12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty aacts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
  13 Thy kingdom is an aeverlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
  14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
  15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
  16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
  17 The LORD is arighteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
  18 The LORD is anigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in btruth.
  19 He will fulfil the adesire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
  20 The LORD apreserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroya.
  21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
 20a all the wicked will he destroy Natural man is an enemy of God and wickedness is the corruption thereof of the desires of the flesh. All have sinned and are but wretched sinful creatures. If all the wicked will be destroyed and all are wicked, then how is it that God will save any? This is both the need and the purpose for the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for all who do repent and come unto him in truth, he will forgive and inpute unto them his own righteousness that they might stand before God and be sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit unto righteousness. In this case all wickedness will be destroyed along with those who come not unto Christ and therefore repent not. Even Paul the apostle amitted to being such a wretched creature as did the prophet Nephi. And though man does and will progress in steps, line upon line, the corruption of this flesh will not be totally removed until after the resurrection or the renewing of man's life unto immortality. And then perfection and completeness will prevail through the total sanctification of the Spirit, both body and soul will be made perfect and become as without sin through the merits and grace of he who randsomed us from the grave and from the sinful world of mortality. Only Lucifer and his followers and any others who will not come unto Christ after the witness of the Holy Ghost will God utterly destroy meaning in the greater part that they will not have any part of the Kingdoms of God and any glory which does pertain unto them.