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Compelled to praise

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. Psalms 145:14-19

Psalms 145 contained David’s praise for God for His goodness and love. The section from our text, David acknowledged God’s superior care over those who follow Him. Good looks after their welfare and He makes Himself accessible to them. There are times when loneliness comes and overshadows life, it feels that there is no one to talk to or no one will listen. There is some problem so personal and intimate that it seems inappropriate or uncomfortable to share with anyone else. But God listens. “The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads” (Psalms 145:14). “The God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:2) and “the God of all Comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3) is there to listen. When we experience the grace and love of the Lord, He becomes our passion. This was what David demonstrated as he enumerated the things God had done for him. No matter what we are dealing with, how small our needs are, or how heavy the burdens we carry, we can turn to Him for “is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18). We come freely to God and can pour out our hearts to him because we love and revere Him. Once we grow revering Him in our lives, our desires become aligned to His desires. He hears our cries and only provides for us what He knew would be good for us. “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). God is indeed up there in His throne but He is also right here near to us. David closed the chapter with these words; “I will praise the Lord, and may everyone on earth bless his holy name forever and ever” (Psalms 145:21). Just like David who was compelled to praise God, we too have reasons to praise Him; His grace, His glorious kingdom, and His goodness for He is always ready to listen to all those who call upon Him.


Noel De Guzman

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