Psalm 145:8, 9 - Gods Character; Fuel for Praise.

Psalm 145:8, 9 (NIV) The LORD is gracious 
and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in 
love. 9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion 
on all he has made.  


Compassion/Mercy means that God does not 
give us what we deserve, and Grace means that He 
gives us what we do not deserve. What a loving God 
He is! ... When the night is dark and long, 
keep on trusting, and the dawn, will come in 
Gods good time.  [Chapter by Chapter Bible 
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re Psa. 6] 

And his tender mercies are over all his 
works - In all that he has made there is evidence 
that he is a kind and benevolent God. He has a 
heart to love, to bless, what he has made; 
everywhere arrangements are made for happiness; he is 
not disposed to cast off the feeble, the erring, 
and the suffering; he is willing to receive back 
again those who have wandered from him, to pardon 
the offending, to wipe away the tears of the 
sorrowful. (Barnes' Notes) 

The Lord is good to all his creatures. That 
is, he is kind and compassionate toward them; he 
is disposed and ready to do them good. There is 
not one of them whom he is not ready and willing 
to bless; not one whose happiness would not be 
agreeable to him, or whose welfare he is not ready to 
promote. Compare Ps. 100:5. (Barnes' Notes) 


In Psalm 145-150, praise is the dominant 
theme and more so than in any other section of the 
Psalter. [Believers SB] 

Psalm 145 serves as an introduction to this 
final collection of praises (Ps 145"150). 
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary] 

Psalm 145 is an acrostic psalm: Each line 
begins with a different letter of the Hebrew 
alphabet. We might name it, Praising God from A 
through Z, as each letter brings to mind a 
different reason to praise the LORD. [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

Psalm 145: A Psalm of Praise: The only psalm 
with this title in the entire collection, Psalm 
145 praises God for His mighty acts (145:1-7), 
His gracious character (vv. 8-9), and the glory 
of His coming kingdom (vv. 10-16). Our loving 
Lord shows His care for His own, who praise Him 
in return (vv. 17-21). [Victor Bible Readers 

In Psalm 145 David extols the Lord for His 
greatness (v. 3), grace (vv. 8, 17), goodness (v. 9), 
glory (vv. 11-12), and generosity (vv. 15-16). If 
you are having a hard time praising the Lord 
today, that should help get you started!  When 
you live a life of praise, you have the Lord's 
help in every situation. If you stumble, He helps 
you up (v. 14). If you are hungry, He feeds you 
(vv. 15-16). If you call, He draws near (v. 18). 
No wonder David blessed the Lord so much! And 
remember the Lord inhabits the praises of His people 
(Psa.22:3). [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe re Psalm 145 mod] 

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be 
praised. Verse 3 is the theme of his praise. Although 
this greatness is unsearchable, the psalmist does 
an admirable job of illustrating it. His hope 
is constantly that others will bear witness to 
Gods greatness. In the verses that follow he 
emphasizes Gods greatness in terms of his mighty 
works, his glory and splendor, his great goodness, 
his gracious compassion, his tender mercies, his 
glorious and everlasting kingdom, his providential 
care, his righteousness, his holiness, and his 
availability for those who call upon him in truth and 
with fear. This understanding of Gods nature 
is a high-water mark in the Psalter. [Wycliffe 
Bible Commentary] 

Everything we do is an expression of our 
character. Unless we're being hypocritical, our actions 
are generally a reflection of who we are and the 
thoughts we have. The same is true of God; his works 
reflect who he is. Psalm 145 describes God's 
character and praises him for his works. He is 
compassionate, gracious, good, merciful, righteous and 
kind. As a result, he saves, upholds, satisfies 
and fulfills. The picture this psalm gives us is 
of a God who not only is hypothetically good 
but is intimately involved in the details of our 
lives in very practical ways. He is active in the 
ways he relates to us. [NIV Once A Day Bible re 
Psa. 145:8-13a] 


   What do you think when someone says, 
"Praise the Lord"? Does it strike you as strange, 
appropriate, logical, or weird? Does it make you 
uncomfortable? Or does it make you feel at ease?  
   David, the author of Psalm 145, didn't 
feel shy about expressing his love for God. In 2 
Samuel 6:14, he danced for joy before the Lord, and 
here he says boldly, "Praise the Lord!" As you 
read, see what you can learn about praise.  
   Other psalms in this section give advice 
for people in need (Psalm 146); tell how to 
please God (Psalm 147); and list many reasons and 
ways to praise and worship God (Psalm 148-150).  
   Sometimes life goes on with such an even 
rhythm that we may wonder why we should praise God. 
In Psalm 145, David gives us many good reasons: 
God is great (v. 3). God does mighty, wonderful 
deeds (vv. 4-6). God is righteous (v. 7). God is 
gracious, compassionate, patient, and loving (vv. 
8-9). God rules over an everlasting kingdom (v. 
13). God lifts us up when we are down (v. 14). 
God meets all our daily needs (vv. 15-16). God 
is righteous and loving in all he does (v. 17). 
God stays near to those who call on him (v. 18). 
God hears our cries and saves us (vv. 19-20).  
   If you are looking for a reason to praise 
God, start here. He is ready to listen. [The One 
Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman 
re Psalm 145] 

   This marvelous psalm is full to the brim 
with attributes of God and revelations of his 
character: he is compassionate ("to all his creation"). 
He is gracious and generous, loving and 
all-powerful, righteous, watchful, protective, near to us, 
great and good, and ever faithful. The passage 
also reveals some of God's titles: Judge, King, 
and Lord.  
   Think of the Savior: Jesus is the Bread 
of Life, the Light of the World, our Counselor, 
our Good Shepherd. Prayerfully studying and 
meditating on the character traits and names of God is 
one of the most faith-building, encouraging 
things you can do for your spiritual life. It will 
dispel your anxiety and boost your faith. It will 
enable you to trust God more. Knowing the true 
character of God will renew and transform your mind 
with the truth, dissolve doubt, and breathe life 
into your soul. Saying aloud the attributes of 
the Lord and thinking about how you've 
experienced different aspects of his character can be a 
powerful act of worship. Take a few moments to pray 
this psalm aloud. Ask God to reveal himself to 
you in greater clarity than you've ever 
experienced before.  
   LORD, how blessed I am to know you! You 
are all mercy and justice, full of 
loving-kindness and compassion. You are good to all, 
majestic and rich in grace. And you always do what 
you promise! Reveal more of yourself to me. I 
want to tell others about the glory of your 
kingdom and examples of your power. Help me to tell 
of your mighty deeds and praise you forever. 
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller] 

There is a fountain of goodness in God's 
nature (v. 8): The Lord is gracious to those that 
serve him; he is full of compassion to those that 
need him, slow to anger to those that have 
offended him, and of great mercy to all that seek him 
and sue to him. he is ready to give, and ready 
to forgive, more ready than we are to ask, than 
we are to repent the works of his mercy 
out-shine all his other works, and declare him more 
than any of them. (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 


The Lord, according to this verse, is full 
of undeserved favor and tenderness towards us; 
He is patient and continuously withholds 
judgment and punishment even though we might deserve 
it.  Can we respond any other way but in humble 
thankfulness to Him?  How many of us go along our merry 
way, oblivious to His great care, His blessing, 
His provision?  Today is a good day to begin 
accessing how much we have to be thankful for and to 
express it to our wonderful Lord!  [In His Time; 
Walk With Wisdom] 


   I am gracious and compassionate, slow to 
anger and rich in Love. Explore the wonders of 
grace: unmerited favor lavished on you through My 
finished work on the cross. By grace you have been 
saved through faith, and that not of yourself it 
is the gift of God. What's more, My compassions 
never fail. They are new every morning. So begin 
your day expectantly, ready to receive fresh 
compassions. Don't let yesterday's failures weigh you 
down. Learn from your mistakes and confess known 
sins, but don't let those become your focus. 
Instead, keep your eyes on Me. 
   I am slow to anger. So don't be quick to 
judge yourself - or others. Rather, rejoice that I 
am rich in Love. In fact, Love is at the very 
core of who I am. Your growth in grace involves 
learning to be more attentive to Me, more receptive 
to My loving Presence. This requires vigilant 
effort because the evil one despises your closeness 
to Me. Strive to stay alert, and remember: 
There is no condemnation for those who belong to 
Me! (Psa. 145:8, 9; Eph. 2:8; Lam. 3:22, 23; 
Rom. 8:1) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross [Live]: 


Psalm 139:1-6 - Awesome Attributes of God! 


Psalm 139:7-12 - Awesome Attributes of God! 


Psalm 139:13-18 - Awesome Attributes of God! 


Psalm 139:19-24 - Awesome Attributes of God! 
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Romans 1:18-20 - The Revelation of God in 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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