Along the same lines as my post yesterday, Psalm 145 was the psalter on my agenda the day the doctor decided to keep me overnight in the OB ward last week. At first, it smacked of … irony. Or something even worse.
I kindof found myself asking, “what about some Psalms about things not going right, huh? Aren’t there lots of laments in the Psalms?”
But, as I read, the words began to sink in. And, as they sank in, and as I’ve continued to think about these words, I’ve realized that this Psalm is a lot better for me to meditate on than dwelling on my upended plans.
Instead of obsessing about the big hiccups I’m experiencing and the scariness that might be headed our way, I’m being directed to dwell on God’s loving, all understanding, powerful character. As I look to him, trusting in his love, regardless of the direction my life takes, he will give me a joyful song to sing.
I can’t do better than just chronicling the words that are starting to sink into my usually-hard head, so that’s what I’ll do now.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All you have made will praise you, O LORD; your saints will extol you. They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him …