My God and I


     The climactic conclusion of David’s final composition in the Psalter (Psalm 145) returns to the very basics of human existence:  my God and I.

     God is and He is a rewarder of all those who diligently seek Him.  What, therefore, is my response?  How, therefore, do I choose to live?

     In verses 17 to 20, David paints one final portrait of the great King of heaven: “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.  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 also will hear their cry and save them.  The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.”  Righteous.  Gracious.  Near.  Watchful.  Listening.  Protective.  Just. are forever etched into the indestructible word of God.

     David’s response to such a glorious and worthy being is: “My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever” (v. 21).  In this life, David willed to speak the praise of God.  In the life to come, David desired to bless His holy name forever and ever.

     Each of us write our own ending to the story of “My God and I”.  The writer of Psalm 146 determined to: “Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord, O my soul!  While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” (vv. 1-2).

     How similar will yours be to David’s and the writer of Psalm 146?

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