Season After Pentecost (Proper 12[17]) – The Psalm Passage: Considering the “pressure” to praise the Lord

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” (Psalm 145: 10 – 12)

In reality the Lord God does not our praise – not really. The Divine was sufficient unto Itself before creation. The Lord God did not start creation because the Divine was in need of praise. We, creation, were created with the inborn need to find something out in the universe to connect to. It was a need created within us. And if we were created in the image of the Divine, maybe the Divine felt the desire to connect also. Not to be praised, but to be in relationship. To express the love and commitment that fuels the Divine. So why do we praise the Lord God. Why does all of the works of the Lord give thanks? Why does the works of the Lord speak of the glory of the kingdom of the Lord?

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.” (Verses 13)

The faithfulness of the Lord; yes, that is praiseworthy. When creation went so astray from the garden, and that continued to go astray after being called and chosen people, the Divine being faithful after all that is worthy of creation praising.

“The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Verse 14)

When creation falls flat on its face, and is in need, the Lord comes and rescues us in small ways and in large eternal ways.

“The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.” (Verses 15 – 16)

While there are many who are in need and know want, there is also abundance and sufficiency. That our governments and economies are not able to distribute the resources that the world was first given should not be laid at the feet of the Divine. In a ideal and charitable world there would be no want. Remember too the Old Testament passage and the Gospel passage where a small amount of food was multiplied to feed many.

“The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Verses 17 – 18)

Do you get the sense, beloved reader, that the psalmist is speaking of a Lord God who is not quite the vengeful and punishing Lord that you read about in some parts of the New Testament? The Lord of the psalmist does sound worthy of praise. And moreover, a Lord God that one would want to connect to and be in relationship to.

May you, beloved reader, find a myriad of reasons to praise the Lord God and a multitude of times to raise up adoration. Selah!


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