This psalm of David was commonly used along with the Jews in their daily prayers. It focuses on the greatness of God and His love for those who love Him. David calls upon all of mankind to glorify God because of His care for His people.
Although the headings aren’t inspired by God, they are important because they give us some understanding of the Psalm and they help us to see why it was written. The headings usually tell us four things.
1. Who wrote them, probably wrote them or possibly wrote them.
2. Information about the historical background to the Psalm. Why it was written.
3. They tell us of the tune the Psalm was written to.
4. How it was used.
The heading tells us that this psalm of praise was written by David. Psalms 138-145 are all accredited to David.
David begins by declaring that he will exalt God the King and praise His Name for ever and ever. Even though David was king of Israel, he knows who the real King is.
He praises God and extols His name every day, which means this was a part of his daily worship, Lamentations 3:23 / Romans 12:1-2.
David continues with his praises and declares God’s greatness which no one can fathom and that He is worthy of being praised, Job 5:9 / Job 9:10 / Job 11:7-8.
He speaks of how one generation will speak of God’s works and His mighty acts to the next generation. They will also speak to the next generation of the glorious splendour of God’s majesty, Isaiah 38:19.
Notice David also says his praise will also include meditating on God’s wonderful works, which speak of God’s awesome power and great deeds.
In other words, David continually has the praise of God on his mind and he will speak of the good that God has done for His people, Proverbs 18:4 / Proverbs 1:23 / Proverbs 15:2 / Proverbs 15:28.
When God’s people celebrate God’s abundant goodness, a song of praise will continually be on their lips.
David declares that the LORD is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love, which are the words Moses used to describe God, Exodus 34:6 / Numbers 14:18 / Nehemiah 9:17 / Psalm 86:15 / Psalm 103:8 / Psalm 145:8 / Joel 2:15 / Jonah 4:2.
God is sympathetic and kind and He is slow to bring judgment upon His children.
Notice David says that the LORD is good to all, not just Israel, He has compassion on all He has made, that is, all of creation, not just Israel, Matthew 5:45 / Acts 14:17.
David tells us that all of creation praises the LORD, Psalm 8 / Psalm 98:8 / Romans 1:20, and God’s faithful extol Him, that is, they should praise Him too.
The sovereignty of God is manifested through His creation. All that exists manifest the greatness of God and His creative power and majesty, Malachi 3:16.
David alludes to the fact that God’s people will speak to others about the greatness of who God is and what He had done. They will speak of the One who is King of this kingdom because His kingdom is everlasting and because His dominion endures through all generations, Daniel 4:34, is a good reason to praise Him.
God’s kingdom reign is trustworthy and His promises won’t go away. Jesus ascended to the right hand of God in order to assume this kingdom reign and He is presently reigning over all things, Matthew 28:18 / Ephesians 1:20-22.
It’s the LORD who upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down, in other words, God is there for everyone. Though He is majestic in power and awesome in comparison to His creation, He considers His people and is there for them when they fall, James 4:6-10.
David tells us that the eyes of all, which includes mankind and all God’s creation, look to God because He feeds them at the proper time, Matthew 6:11. It’s God who opens His hands to satisfy the desires of every living thing, Matthew 6:26-30. In other words, God provides for everything He has created and nothing is left out.
David now declares that the LORD is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does, Romans 3:26. In other words, God is just in all His work with man, which is another reason why He is worthy of praise.
The LORD is near to all who call on Him in truth, He isn’t distant from them. He is near to those who fear Him and those who cry out to Him, and He not only hears them but saved them, he fulfilled their desires, Matthew 6:25-34 / John 4:24 / Acts 17:28. He will come to the aid of all those who obey Him, Psalm 34:15 / Matthew 7:7-8 / John 14:13 / 1 John 5:14.
Another reason for praising God is seen in it’s the LORD who watches over all who love Him, that is, He saves them from danger and preserves them, Luke 21:16-18. He is also worthy of praise because, in His righteousness, He will destroy the wicked.
David ends his psalm by declaring that his mouth will speak in praise of the LORD, that is, he will continually speak to everyone and anyone who will listen, about the sovereignty and majesty of the LORD. He encourages every creature, not just humans, to praise God’s holy Name for ever and ever.
In his psalm, David has numerous reasons for why all creation, including humans, should praise the LORD. As Christians, we have several reasons why we should praise God daily, Romans 12:1-2.
1. God has delivered us from a dark kingdom, Colossians 1:13.
2. God has set us free from the bondage of sin, Romans 8:2.
3. God will never give up on us, even when we give up on Him, Hebrews 13:5.
4. God has commissioned us to tell others about His life-changing message, Mark 16:15 / Matthew 28:19.
5. God listens to every prayer we make, 1 John 5:14.
6. God not only see everything we’re going through, but He also emphasises with us, Hebrews 4:15.
7. God promises to go through all our trials with us, 1 Corinthians 10:13.