goodness of God seen as an attribute in which all of creation is made to
benefit and the special consideration He has of the saints and them to
Him as seen in redemption.
AIM: That we
might be the more given to worship and in particular saying with the
Psalmist “bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me; bless His
INTR: Psalm 145
is a Psalm of David and exhibits his inclination to be often engaged in
praising the Lord and acknowledging His mercy. See also, Psalm 103 and
the special attention given us by the Lord.
1. David often extols the
characteristic greatness of God in all His expressions of kindness
towards us and thus to contrast the extent to which He condescends to be
2. We do well to catch the refrain and sing often of His
mercy and His grace and to refrain from the tendency that many have of
thinking for God as to what He should do and second guessing Him on what
He has or has not done.
3. As we come to know of our own lack of
merit and that we are deserving of divine contempt we are made to wonder
with the Psalmist: 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy
fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is
man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou
visitest him? Psalms 8:3-4.
It is important that we see that while the Lord is capable of and
exercises His anger that He is over all disposed to good toward His
creation and that despite its rebellion against Him. Else, He would have
long since destroyed it all as before in the flood. It is given to the
redeemed to joyfully recognize this.
I. The nature of our Lord as
revealed to us (v. 8)
1. It is often the tendency of men to see the
Lord at the extremes of His expression of Himself
1) It is clearly
revealed that He is capable of vindicating His justice and that He will
in such things as the flood and the destruction of Sodom.
2) Yet, as
we observe the continuation of all things there is much that appears
2. In spite of the rebellions of men there is an overriding
sense of the graciousness of the Lord to all without exception – He is
not like them or to be compared to any other.
1) Such was the example
of Christ in this world to the degree that extreme compassion was
2) We understand from the very nature of the narrative
left us in the Word of God.
3. Consider the provisions made for the
many and the compassion expressed towards men in general – we are
commanded to think and act in this manner and He is the example.
Even in depraved men we see the remnants of the divine image in them and
5. This is the reason that we may conclude that
the doctrine of depravity does not mean that men are as bad as they
II. The action of our Lord towards us and His creation
1. Paul’s declaration concerning the existence of God and the
fact that in Him we live and breathe and have being is an evidence of
2. Spurgeon observed that He allows His enemies to live
and to enjoy the handiwork He so graciously provided.
3. In the
things of this creation all are treated as though they were saints and
deserving of the best of His hospitality and this to the amazement of
4. He extends the announcement of salvation to all without
exception even though they treat it with contempt.
5. We remember
always: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and
longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to
repentance? Romans 2:4
6. His mercy is everywhere to be seen in His
1) Again, Spurgeon observed that the world was designed and
created for happiness and
2) That in itself is an evidence of His
mercy, but also
3) The provisions of the Lord for all His creatures
are evident everywhere in the natural world even though the evidences of
the curse are seen everywhere.
III. The response of His creation
and new creation towards Him (v. 10)
1. It is evident that the design
of God is to be praised and that is consistent with considerations of
1) One of the evidences of the rebellion of men is
that they seek to call attention to themselves and indulge in
2) Yet the creation itself is in harmony with
the aims of God: For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for
the manifestation of the sons of God. Romans 8:19
3) For ye shall go
out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the
field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12
2. But it is especially to
be noted in that the saints (holy ones or meek ones) bless Him.
is not that they can add anything to Him, His being or His work
is to be remembered that we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus
3) And that only those redeemed by the blood of Christ and quickened by
the Holy Spirit are capable of rendering acceptable praise to Him and to
they pray “Hallowed be thy Name!”
3. It is given to the saints to
draw near to God and to view Him as near at hand in spite of a lingering
4. It is characteristic of them marvel at all His works
and to delight particularly in work of salvation both theirs and others.
5. It is their delight to pray for the advancement of His Kingdom and
all that redounds to His honor and glory and
6. To be found in
harmony with the will and glorious purpose of God in all things and to
live in anticipation of an eternity of joy and praise in His presence.