Ok, read this passage. I know it’s super long, but bear with me, it’s very worth it.
Psalm 145 (ESV)
Great Is the Lord
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your[b] mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.][c]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
NOW, read this passage in a different translation…
Psalm 145 (MSG)
1 I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!
and I’ll bless your name into eternity.
2 I’ll bless you every day,
and keep it up from now to eternity.
3 God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.
4 Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
5 Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.
6 Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
7 The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.
8 God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.
9 God is good to one and all;
everything he does is suffused with grace.
10-11 Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
your holy people bless you.
They talk about the glories of your rule,
they exclaim over your splendor,
12 Letting the world know of your power for good,
the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
and is gracious in everything he does.
14 God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
15 All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.
16 Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
17 Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.
18 God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.
19 He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.
20 God sticks by all who love him,
but it’s all over for those who don’t.
21 My mouth is filled with God’s praise.
Let everything living bless him,
bless his holy name from now to eternity!
Here’s a little background on this particular passage and why I’m writing about it. I read a Psalm every night before I go to bed as kind-of a devotion, and when I read Psalm 145 it almost smacked me in the face, for many reasons. Some of which are very personal and others that I feel are supposed to be shared. Now, what I write in the following paragraphs won’t make sense unless you’ve read the ENTIRE passage, in BOTH translations. Haha.
First, I read it in the ESV and some of the words made be go OMG this needs to be my generation, but what does this actually mean so I looked in the Message. Now, many people don’t like the Message version, but I do especially for my generation because I think it helps explain the Bible in an easy way and puts things into perspective that might not have been noticed if I was reading the NIV or KJV.
I’m just gonna write about what particularly struck me, but after reading it, it might be totally different for you. If it is, feel free to comment or email me about it!! (I absolutely love getting feedback from my readers!) I’m going to bold or underline what hit me in both of the passages so it’s easier for everybody.
Ok, here goes!
So, the first thing that stuck out to me was verse four, especially in the ESV because it says one generation. “4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”(ESV) The first time I read it I was kinda confused because it said “one generation” and I was like well which generation is it then, so I looked it up in the Message. “4 Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts.” (MSG) In that it says all generations, but then in my head I thought, I WANT MY GENERATION TO BE “THE ONE.” I want us young people to be the ones changing things. We should be doing miracles and screaming on mountaintops about the amazing things God does for us, but do we? No. We’re too scared of what people will think. Why, I’m not sure. Maybe if we were more vocal we wouldn’t be facing some of the problems that we’re currently facing. Just think about it. START BEING MORE VOCAL. As Christians, and “the future” as all of our kindergarten teachers called us, we should want to be vocal about the amazing miracles and blessings that happen in our lives and in the lives around us. Even if you don’t see them, they’re there. Did you wake up this morning? Ok then, there’s a blessing for you. Did you have some type of shelter last night, and some sort of something to eat? THERE’S ANOTHER BLESSING. Just look around you, they’re everywhere.
I’m aware that’s sort of a touchy subject because some people don’t see the blessings they want, like a spouse right now or a good career, but that brings me to my next point…
*Insert smirking face here*
VERSE 15! Oh, ho, ho! This verse talks about what God gives us, basically blessings. In the ESV version the end of the verse is the key to what I want everyone to notice right now. “15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.“ (ESV) It says, IN DUE TIME. The verse literally says God is going to give us exactly what we need but IN DUE TIME. You know what that means though, not our time, in Gods time. As humans we’re extremely impatient which can be seen in the Message version. “15 All eyes are on you, expectant; you give them their meals on time.” (MSG) See? In the message version it says on time. I look at that and think oh, on time? Sweet! So like tomorrow morning, or right now! I don’t think about 3 years from now when that might be a better time in my life for whatever it is. Do you see what I’m getting at? The second point? EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN GODS TIMING, NOT OURS. He gives us exactly what we need, when we actually need it, not when we want it.
Last but certainly not least is the third thing that really jumped out at me; verse 19. So in the paragraph above I wrote about Gods timing and this kinda trails off of that because it brings up a SUPER important fact: The fact that he does this, but only for his children; his children being people who are saved by grace and born again. Now, I’m aware of the fact that there are probably unsaved people who read my blog and for that I know that may be touchy, but it’s the truth; so that’s what I’m gonna say. It clearly states that he fulfills the desires of those who fear him, AKA his children and he saves them when they cry out. “19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.” (ESV) One thing I like better about the Message version of this verse is how it says the first half of it. “19 He does what’s best for those who fear him — hears them call out, and saves them.” It says that he does what’s best, because lets be honest not everything we ask for is what’s best for us. I can definitely think of a few times where I prayed for something and didn’t get it, but later down the road I was so thankful that I didn’t get what I had wanted. It’s a lot like the phrase that goes “Sometimes God doesn’t give you good because he’s got better for you.”
ALSO, God does hear you, even if you don’t hear him or it doesn’t seem like he’s listening. He listens to everything we have to say and then does what’s best for our futures and us. Crazy, huh? God does actually know what he’s doing. He only created the entire universe… haha.
Back on the whole Gods children thing, if there’s somebody reading this, and you’re not saved but you wanna be… say a prayer and ask God into your heart, but really mean it. Say it from your gut, your heart, and the deepest depths of your soul. If you don’t know what to pray, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org,) text me, call me, instagram DM me (@bridgycolleen.)
Besides all of that good stuff, I hope this was relevant to somebody. I couldn’t go to sleep till I got this posted. It was figuratively sitting on my spirit. Haha Anyway, I hope everybody hasn’t hated me for not posting so often and that you amazing people all have a fantastic Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. I love you all!