145:0We do not know when David wrote this psalm. Some Bible students think that Nehemiah wrote it 500 years after David died, using David's notes. It is an acrostic. This means that verse 1 begins with A, verse 2 with B, and so on. We have used English letters. As there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, we have left out 4 English letters.
An Alphabet of Praise
This is a psalm of David.
1 Always I will praise you, my God and my king,
and I will bless your name!
145:1Verse 1: ‘Bless’ here is another word for ‘praise.’ ‘Praise you’ means ‘tell you that you are great.’
2 ‘Bless you’ I will say every day
and I will always praise your name.
3 Clearly the LORD is great
and we can never praise him enough.
We will never know how great he really is!
145:3Verse 3: ‘LORD’ is the covenant name for God. A covenant is when two people, or groups of people, agree. God agreed to love and give help to his people. His people agreed to love and obey God. ‘Clearly’ means ‘in a clear way.’
4 Down from father to son people will say
what wonderful things you have done.
They will tell each other how powerful you are.
5 Everyone is talking about your glory and your beauty.
I will keep thinking about the wonderful things that you do.
145:5Verse 5: ‘Glory’ is a word that tells us how much God shines. He shines more than the sun!
6 Famous are the things that you have done.
People talk about them.
I also will say what great things you do.
7 Good things are what everybody remembers about you.
They all sing about how kind you are.
8 How full of grace and mercy is the LORD.
He is slow to become angry and is full of kind love.
145:8Verse 8: Grace and mercy nearly mean the same. ‘Grace’ is being kind to someone. And ‘mercy’ is not hurting someone when you should.
9 It is the LORD that is kind to everybody.
He shows his mercy to everything that he has made.
10 Joining together,
everything that you have made will praise you, LORD.
Your saints will bless you!
145:10Verse 10: ‘Saints’ is a word meaning ‘God's people.’ In the New Testament it means Christians. Here it translates a Hebrew word that means ‘people who have accepted God's kind love.’ David wrote Psalm 145 in Hebrew.
11 ‘Kingdom of Glory’ is where you rule.
People talk about it and about how powerful you are.
12 Let everybody know the powerful things that you have done;
and the glory and beauty of your kingdom.
13 Many years, even for always, will your kingdom remain.
You will always rule over it.
Now the LORD will do as he has promised.
All that he does shows his mercy.
145:13Verse 13: Christians believe that God's kingdom will never have an end.
The second part of the verse is not in old Hebrew Bibles. This means letter N is not in their acrostic! It is in the old Greek Bible, and a Hebrew one found in 1947 at Qumran near Jerusalem. If you see an old King James Bible, it is not there.
14 Out of trouble the LORD will bring everybody.
He will give help to everyone that has fallen down.
15 People and other living things look to you.
You give them food when they need it.
16 Really, you open your hand.
And you give every living thing what it wants.
17 So the LORD is fair in all his ways.
Everything that he does shows us his mercy.
18 The LORD is near to all that pray to him.
He is near to all that are honest when they pray to him.
19 Very soon he will give what they need to those that love him.
He will hear what they say and save them.
20 Wicked people will the LORD destroy.
But he will save the people that love him.
145:20Verse 20: ‘Wicked’ means ‘very, very bad.’
21 You will hear me speak the praises of the LORD.
All that he has made will bless his holy name.
145:21Verse 21: ‘Holy’ means ‘very, very good.’ Only God is really holy.