Psalms 145:4-11 ( KJV ) 4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. 7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. 8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
The Book of Psalms is one of the best books of the Bible to rest in. I’ve been listening, reading, hearing and teaching on the Psalms for years. Recently, however I believe the Holy Spirit has said, “Slow down” as I’ve read or listened to them. How does one do this? I wondered. The Bible says to meditate on or ponder the word. I was thinking about that and sheep came to mind. Yes, sheep! Sheep eat then lay or sit down and burp up some of their dinner and begin to ruminate or chew on it again. Usually, they are in a quiet place, like by still waters, in green pastures, with their shepherd watching over them. Peaceful and serene, we can bring up a passage we’ve read and ruminate on it. Under the watchful eye of the Holy Spirit who promised to bring us truth from the Word.
Holy Spirit, Help me. Apart from you I can do nothing John:15:5. So I ask now, slow me down, I want to hear truth from you. I desire to please my Father in heaven and glorify Him in this time set aside for seeking wisdom and knowledge to love Jesus more and become more like Him.Amen
Let’s read Psalm 145. David’s psalm of Praise. At verse 4-5 & 6b 7-11 I see “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts [Are you?]. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty and of they wondrous works … and I will declare thy greatness [Do you?] The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; [Have you?]
The questions enclosed in brackets are not in the Scriptures, I added them. These are good words to ask ourselves. Am I telling others about the works of God in my life? Specifically, my children and then if they are old enough, my grandchildren? Do my kids know of any times when I saw the power of God revealed in a situation which only He could have done? Am I really DECLARING the GREATNESS of the Lord? Am I excited to tell someone, especially my offspring, about the works Jesus has done for me?
My father was a bridge inspector on the Union Railroad in Pennsylvania while I grew up back in the 50’s and 60’s. He could not tell anyone this story without crying, stopping, blowing his nose, and finishing with a prayer of thanksgiving to God. One cold winter day, as he was inspecting a bridge along the river in Pittsburgh, he found himself standing on a slippery wet girder. Suddenly, a strong wind blew and he lost his balance. Hanging by one hand from that girder high above the river, with no one to help – he screamed “Jesus Save Me”. He put up his other hand and there was something to grab hold of. With a grunt and a oomph, he hoisted himself back up onto the girder. How? He says, not by my strength, but by His!
Don’t hold back — Tell your kids the things God has done for you! The Israelites had special holidays called Feast Days to remember and share the mighty acts of God with their kids. Not a bad idea! Maybe it would behoove us to have some special days of remembrance in our families’ lives.
Psalm 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless his Holy name for ever and ever.
About this Guest Author:
Patty Shively is a lovely Christian lady and she never hides that fact. When you talk with Patty it is easy to see her love for the Lord and His word. Her every day conversation reminds us all of how important it is to hide God’s word in our heart so that when we need it we can recall it for the situation at hand. Patty is married to a fine Christian man and they have one daughter and several grand children. Patty is active in the ministries at her local church and often invites others to “come to church”. Patty’s gifts of evangelism, teaching and hospitality are evident in how she spends her time “loving on” just about every one she meets. Christianity Every Day is happy to have Patty as a guest contributor.