I recently came across Psalm 145, which is a hymn of praise, and I found myself praying it for someone in need.  Verses 5-12 speak of the wonders of God and the remainder of the Psalm are statements of confidence in the work of God.

What are the wonders of God?

According to this Psalm, His majestic glory, wonderful deeds, fearsome power, goodness, justice, mercy, patience and love.  God’s “compassion to every creature”, His great works, power and “dominion for all generations,” are also delineated.

Following this amazing list praising God’s wonders, the Psalmist moves beyond these descriptions to what God can do for us:

  1. The Lord supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
  2. He opens his hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing.
  3. He is just and faithful.
  4. He is near to all who call upon Him.
  5. He hears our cry and saves us, watches over all who love Him; destroys the wicked.

Then the Psalmist sums it all up:  “My mouth will speak your praises, Lord; all flesh will bless your holy name forever.”

When you feel like things are falling down around you, it can help a great deal to reflect on the reality that God will respond and raise you up.  The simple statement, “He is near to all who call upon Him,” reminds us that all we have to do is take one tiny step toward him, whether it be a word uttered or quiet desire, and, without a doubt, He who loves us will be there to respond.

Copyright 2011 Janet Cassidy