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Psalm 145 – Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise

I will extol you, my God and king; I will bless your name forever. Every day I will bless you; I will praise

Your name forever, Great is the LORD and worthy of high praise; God’s grandeur is beyond understanding.

Worthy is the LORD of our praise, yet we lose sight of him and his grace in the midst of busy hectic days

He calls upon us to seek him, to come into his courts with thanksgiving, of him be not uncomprehending

For it is as we turn to him and look upon his face, that the things that surround can fade and us not faze

Come before the LORD with singing, come into his presence and as you do, you’ll see his love is unending

Come bless the LORD all you servants of the LORD, he is worthy of your praise, not just on Sundays

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise, for his love, power and his grandeur is beyond understanding


One generation praises your deeds to the next and proclaims your mighty works. They speak of the splendour

Of your majestic glory, tell of your wonderful deeds. They speak of your fearsome power and attest to your great deeds.

The testimony of your people is to give honour to you, to exhort others to seek you, and to you praise render

For it is as we speak of your acts and focus upon what you have done in our lives, in others of you we plant seeds

For you take as we are, in unpolished, flawed states, you shape us, you are our father, your love for us tender

Great are you LORD, yet you sent your son that we might have life in its abundance, we attest to your great deeds


They publish the renown of your abounding goodness and joyfully sing of your justice. The LORD is gracious

And merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love, the LORD is good to all, compassionate to every creature.

You see the brokenness of your people; you see their needs, your grace so wide it is overwhelming, capacious

Do we stop to recognise just how wide, how deep, how great your love is for us; in our lives does it feature?

Nothing can separate us from his love, yet we take it for granted, we fall, we err, yet still to us he is gracious

His steadfast love never ceases, his mercy without end, sing of him, he is compassionate to every creature


All your works give you thanks; O LORD and your faithful bless you. They speak of the glory of your reign

And tell of your great works, Making known to all your power, the glorious splendour of your rule.

Do we live before our LORD with thankful hearts, or like the Israelites grumble and groan and God disown?

Do we act as if we are blessed, saved, redeemed for a purpose, or are we towards God cool?

We have times when we feel as though in a desert, lost, blinded, unaware of his leading and concern

Yet he carries us, leads us toward his oasis, all creation reflects the glorious splendour of your rule


Your reign is a reign for all ages, your dominion for all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in every word,

And faithful in every work, The LORD supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.

Our steps are ordered by him, he delights in his way, he upholds those who fall, have you not seen or heard

There is no searching of his understanding, he never tires or wearies, unlike us who are battered, windblown

If we are prepared to acknowledge our frailties, come before him, repentant, open, admitting we have erred

He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, supportive of us, and able to raise up all who are bowed down


The eyes of all look hopefully to you; you give them their food in due season. You open wide your hand and satisfy the desire

Of every living thing, You, LORD, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your works. You, LORD, are near to all who call upon you

Who seek your face, who are prepared to come to you in openness and seek the working of your Spirit, of you seek and enquire

As we draw near to you, you will draw near to us and will justly and faithfully bring change in our lives as we keep you in view

You call upon your people to hunger and thirst for that which you have to give, to seek wisdom as for gold, to your will desire

Come to me my people, you call for I freely give to you that which is life giving, You, LORD, are near to all who call upon you


To all who call upon you in truth, You satisfy the desire of those who fear you; you hear their cry and save them. You, LORD, Watch over all who love you, but all the wicked you destroy. My mouth will speak your praises, LORD; all flesh will bless your holy name forever. 

You are jealous for your people and desire that they walk in your ways, you the good shepherd protect & guide with your word

You will not allow your people to slip, to lose their footing; you uphold them with your righteous right hand and leave them never 

You are the one, the only one who can meet all their needs, if they humble themselves before you, they by you will be heard

You alone are worthy of their praise, Great are you most worthy of their praise, all flesh will bless your holy name forever

Worthy, O worthy are you Lord, I will bless your name forever. Every day I will bless you for you are holy, gracious, my LORD


Mark Maffey, August 2007

New American Bible



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