Psalm 145: Great is the Lord, and Greatly to be Praised.


(21 verses, 2:05 to read)

What I am about to READ

A psalm of David praising His God and King.


1-2: Knowing His God and King, David vows to praise Him forever and ever.

3-7: God’s greatness will be passed down and praised for all generations.

8-9: God’s grace and mercy is especially to be praised.

10-16: God sustains His kingdom.

17-21: The Lord hears His people.


This psalm is an acrostic – meaning that in the original language each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Praise for God’s mighty deeds must be passed on to the next generation (v. 4).

In His kingdom of power, God sustains and upholds the entire world (vv. 9, 15, 16).

He certainly sustains and upholds believers living in His kingdom of grace…forever and ever (vv. 10-16).


Verses 15 and 16 provide us with a wonderful table prayer: “The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing.” In fact, Luther offers these verses as a table prayer in the Small Catechism.

God has not left you alone. He promises to sustain you, uphold you, and provide for all your needs. He also promises to hear your call/cry and save you! The Lord is to be praised, for “[He] is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (vv. 8-9).

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group:

Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.


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