Sunday, April 20, 2008

I've been spending a lot of time in the Psalms recently for various reasons, but was overtaken once again with Psalm 145 which reads:

"I will extol You, my God, O King. And I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You, And I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another. And shall declare Your might acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and shout joyfully of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power,
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to You, And You give them their food in due time.
You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.
The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever."

Travis Cottrell sings this Psalm almost word for word in the song Forevermore. (You can download it from itunes). After hearing the song several times I realized it was a Psalm and went on a hunt to find it - and find it I did. My mind expands when I hear or read this Psalm. That is exactly what God's word is supposed to do. When I feel satan start to stir the pot I say out loud the last line of this Psalm, "...My mouth will speak the PRAISE OF THE LORD, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever."

God thoughts and satan thoughts don't mix. They are like oil and water - they never bond and can't be in the same space at the same time. What are you filling your tank with when satan starts to stir....try a healthy dose of the Lord's word said out loud.

1 comment:

Katie Lady said...

This is my most favorite Psalm EVER and I am pleased to tell you that I have it memorized (for the most part!) There are many times in my life that Satan has tried to lie to me and tell me that "God loves so and so and not you and that's why He did this or that for them." And I could recall from this scripture that God is good to all and opens His hand to satisfy the desires of EVERY living thing! Thanks for reminding me to remember it now...