I’ve been studying Psalm 145 for about a month now. On the surface, there is nothing particularly compelling about it, but every time I wake and consider it, it opens up more for me again. It’s like a pop-up book with many layers and flaps. Here is yet another “flap” I’m considering this morning:
I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. -Psalm 145:5
Several commentators, including the one I’ve reference below, point out that the intent of David’s word for “speaking” here indicates not a passing mention, but an elaborate detailing, an elucidation, to consider at length:
“I will muse” is better than “speak,” as being the primary and more usual sense of the Hebrew word. It suggests that these glorious qualities of God’s character and deeds should be not merely talked about and extolled in song, but be deeply pondered, laid close upon our very heart, so that the legitimate impression may be wrought into our very soul, and may mould our whole spirit and character into God’s own moral image. – Henry Cowles
This makes sense–we are to meditate, to ponder, to think at length upon His majesty and wondrous works. We are to do this in such a through fashion that they shape and impress themselves upon our very spirit.
I think back to my often spartan “praise God” comments slipped in among the seemingly more important details of this or that which God has had His hand in. Certainly He deserves more, so why does my flesh firmly resist more extensive elaboration and praise? “Praise God” seems like the most rudimentary acknowledgment. The Lord of All deigns to work among the commonplace details of our lives, He bothers to fashion them into His image–surely we should have much to say about that! We are like a child who tears through a present, throws a perfunctory “thank you” out to no one in particular, while reaching for the next one….
Lord help us–help me–from treating You cavalierly. Grant us an awareness of Your gifts all around us. May we not tear through them, but marvel at length, looking carefully and thoughtfully as we uncover each one. May we see Your intricate hand at work and marvel at length upon Your majesty.