Psalm 145: Five G's To Describe God
There are 150 Psalms in the Bible. Most people read them instead of studying them. In order to fully understand a particular psalm, one must know who wrote it, the setting and what was going on at the time of the writing.
Psalm 145 is a psalm of praise written by David that consists of 21 verses. In fact, Psalm 145 through Psalm 150 are known as the Praise Psalms because all five of them begin and end with the words, “Praise the LORD!” This particular psalm is the last of the 73 psalms that David wrote.
Psalm 145 is a psalm in which David specifically gives five distinct characteristics of God, and they all begin with the letter "G."
- God's greatness
- God's goodness
- God's glory
- God's guarantee
- God's grace
All of these G's should give us peace on a daily basis and eternal hope.
"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." (Psalm 145:1-6)
In the very first six verses, David emphasizes God's greatness. He says it is worthy of his praise. Then he says God's greatness is more than anyone can fathom. God's greatness is so great that if all the smart minds of the world were combined, they still could never understand God's greatness. It is more than anyone can imagine.
Even though Verse 3 is not at the end of the psalm, it has the theme for the entire psalm, and it summarizes what the psalm is all about.
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable."
"The Lord is good to all, he has compassion on all he has made." (Psalm 145:7-10) God is good not just sometimes but all the times. God is not just good to some people, but God is good to all.
Jesus wouldn't allow anyone to call Him good. He said only His Father is good. "Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." (Mark 10:18)
That means we should limit the use of the word "good" and stop calling describing everything "good."
"They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might so that all men might know your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom." (Psalm 145:11-13)
According to the verse above, David describes God's divine kingdom as glorious and His acts as acts. Those who are attuned to God know about His glory and His mighty acts.
"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations." (Psalms 145:13)
God's promises come with a guarantee. They surely will be fulfilled. We can count on that.
"The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." (Psalm 145:14-21)
God's grace is promised to all especially to those who have fallen and need to be lifted up. His grace is sufficient no matter what is going on in a person's life. Not only does God lift up those who have fallen, but He does other things for them as well. He feeds those who are hungry. He comforts those who are weary. He gives help to the helpless as well as giving hope to the hopeless.
Read Psalm 145
Now that you know about the five G's in Psalm 145, read it in its entirety and see if you can spot the G's.