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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 145

Verses 1-21

This is a great psalm of praise standing alone, and serving as an introduction to the last five, which constitute the final anthem of thanksgiving, the expression of perfected praise. It is a solo, but the singer is singing not for himself alone, but for others. The peoples are in mind.

It has three movements; an introduction (vv. Psa 145:1-4 ); a statement of theme (vv. Psa 145:5-9 ); and the full exercise of thanksgiving (vv. Psa 145:10-21 ). The introduction speaks of determination to praise (v. Psa 145:1 ), of continuity in praise (v. Psa 145:2 ), of reason for praise (v. Psa 145:3 ), and of fellowship in praise (v. Psa 145:4 ). The theme is a threefold one; first, the majesty of the Divine honour and works (v. Psa 145:5 ). Second, the might of the acts of God (vv. Psa 145:6-7 ). Third and supremely, the mercy of God (vv. Psa 145:8-9 ). Then follows the exercise. First, the chorus of the works of Jehovah, and of His saints. This chorus celebrates His glory, His power, His mighty acts, and the majesty of His kingdom.

The rest of the psalm is a song carrying out the thoughts suggested in the statement of theme. The majesty of Jehovah is celebrated (v. Psa 145:13 ). His might as operating in the uplifting of the fallen is declared (v. Psa 145:14 ). Finally, the activity of His mercy is delighted in (vv. Psa 145:15-20 ). Everything concludes with the affirmation of personal determination to praise, and the expression of desire that all flesh should join in the anthem.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 145". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". 1857-84.