Praise God For His Compassion
In the Bible we can see compassion in words such as “pity”, “mercy”, “love”, and some others.
Compassion is a loving feeling for others and is best exhibited by the things that God has done for all people.
Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
It is this attribute of God that we fail to learn the most.
The compassion of our God can be seen in every book of the Bible and compassion is also required of each of us!
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
In this verse it lists three things that are required of each of us that know the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
1) We are to do justly. We are to walk according to the truth of God.
We are to be honest, be fair in our dealings with others, and have integrity.
2) We are to love mercy. As the Lord has been merciful to each of us we are to also be merciful to others.
We are to have compassion not only on all our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we are to have compassion on all other human beings.
3) We are to walk humbly with our God.
We are to live in obedience to the Word of God and have a personal relationship with Him.
We will never walk with God without a firm belief in the “Gospel” of the Lord Jesus Christ!
We are to live, act, and behave according to the entire written Word of God, rightly divided!
Why? Because this is the thing that God has done!
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
*****Psa 145:1 David’s Psalm of praise. I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Psa 145:2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
We see that it was King David that wrote this Psalm or maybe this was King David’s favorite Psalm of praise or both.
David was king of Israel at this time and Israel was therefore ruled by David’s government.
What we see is that David was not praising his own government but he was praising the fact that we are all to be under the government of the true King. That would be King Jesus!
This is where the governments of this world fail!
To “extol” is to exalt and to magnify.
David wrote these words in another Psalm:
Psa 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
David was king of Israel but his personal King was Jehovah!
We may live under the rule of man-made governments but if we do not acknowledge the absolute government of Jehovah God and be devoted to His rule, then we will fail in this life.
All governments that do not acknowledge the true God of this universe are failing governments.
The government of God refers to the “Providence of God”!
It is Jehovah God who provides the needs of this entire world at His own will(discretion) and is continuously preparing this world according to His own use.
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
To bless God is to praise God with a personal relationship with Him.
That word “forever” means our relationship with God can never end and when we add “and ever” it means we have made a covenant with our own selves just as God made a covenant with Himself.
So whatever happens on any day or whatever our circumstances, it should be our goal to be a blessing to the Lord!
In other words it should be our goal to bless the Lord eveyday and every hour of each day, because these are the days the Lord has given to us.
And for those that reject the idea of praise we should keep in mind, praising the Lord is the one thing we can do now after we are saved, that we will continue to do when we get to Heaven.
There will be no need of prayer in Heaven, we will be in the presence of God.
There will be no need of hope in Heaven, our hopes will be fulfilled.
There will be no need of “faith” in Heaven, because we will have made it home.
But there will be a continuous want to praise in Heaven!
*****Psa 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
Psa 145:4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
We already know we have a great big God who is great in all His power and in all His ways!
The ways of God are past finding out by any man!
We should also know then that we should have great praise for our great God!
Praise is not praise unless it comes from the heart and great praise can only come from a fervent heart!
No matter what this secular world says, it is only the wonderful message of God’s work, God’s creation, and God’s deliverance, that has been declared from the time of Adam and Eve.
Isa 38:18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
Isa 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
The truth of God has been passed down since the beginning of time and it is now our job to continue to do so.
It is only the living that can praise God!
It is only the living who can pass the Word of God from one generation to another!
I only began living when I was “Born Again” into the family of God!
*****Psa 145:5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Psa 145:6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
Psa 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
Remember David was King of Israel but David was speaking of the honor and majesty of our God and our King.
We must feel the same. Even though all generations are to praise the Lord and speak of His ways, in our day we should be at the head of the line and jumping at the chance to declare the wondrous works of God.
Like David we will also find it hard to find the right words to describe the majesty of the Lord.
How can we describe the “One” that died for our sins, He had none of His own?
How can we describe the “One” that rose from the grave on the third day because He is not bound by death?
How can we describe our “Mediator” between us and a Holy God?
How can we describe the “One” who sent His own Spirit to abide in each believer?
How can we describe the “One” who has placed His own Church in the midst of this world to tell about His wondrous works until He returns to take us all home?
What we should be asking is, “how can we be so silent” in not speaking of the majesty of our Lord?
We can be sure if anything bad happens in this world or in the lives of certain people they will immediately blame the Lord for their misfortune.
The world will call all bad things an “act of God”.
Even insurance companies write this phrase into their policies.
Horrible news will always spread faster than the Word of God.
As the Church we must tell of the wonderful works of God, because God does not do bad things.
The world may talk about the bad things because they are to blind to see the wonder of the God of salvation!
2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Those that do not know the Savior can only speak of what this world has done for them but at some point they will always look back and say, “the world has not done very much”.
Those that come to know the Lord as Savior and Redeemer will speak of the great goodness of the Lord all the days they have come to know true life.
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles wrote:
Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
How can we not sing of the righteousness of God?
How can we not understand the “Grace of God”?
*****Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Psa 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
What is the nature of our Savior?
If we refer back to the time of Moses we find that Moses made a certain request of the Lord.
Exo 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
God told Moses no human could see the glory of God and live.
Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
But God said to Moses, I can show you my “Goodness” by my “Grace”.
Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
What was shown to Moses?
Exo 34:6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Exo 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
King David had finally realized these same things that Moses had seen.
If you surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ, you will come to know these very same things!
God has much more “Grace” than He has “wrath”!
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord is good to all His creation and even Satan could not deny this!
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
God is good to all mankind!
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Kindness is the law of God’s providence.
God created our world so that we might live in happiness.
God may have cursed this world after the sin of Adam but God also provided a cure for that curse.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Our Creator is always delicate with His creations.
Our Provider is always willing to display His kindness.
Our Savior is always ready to forgive!
God does not create disease.
God does not ever promote misery.
God hates pain as much as we do.
God is life and the giver of eternal life because God hates death.
Those that end up in Hell will be there because they chose to be there!
The saints of God already know these things and that is why we can bless the Lord.
Remember we bless the Lord when we have a close and personal relationship with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
How can we not speak of the glory of our God?
*****Psa 145:11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
Psa 145:12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
This is the job we have to do after we have accepted the truth of God!
To the Church, we know that this would be the Second Coming of Christ, the Messiah.
To the Jew, this will be the most important time in their existence, the coming of the Messiah!
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The theme of the Old Testament is this fact that this kingdom will be established on this Earth by the Messiah, a Son of David, as written in the Davidic Covenant!
2Sa 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
2Sa 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
That Child to be born was the Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity, 100% Human.
That Son to be given was the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity, 100% God!
Immanuel means God with us:
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The suffering Messiah and the reigning Messiah are One and the Same, the Almighty Living God!
The suffering Messiah:
Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
The reigning Messiah:
Isa 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
We are to speak of the “Gospel” of Jesus Christ and included in that message we are to teach of the Second Coming of Christ.
This will be an everlasting kingdom!
*****Psa 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
When David realized all these things it brought him closer to God.
When we realize the truth of the “Gospel” it will draw us closer to the truth of God and it will also bring us peace in this life.
God has governed His creation since it’s beginning and many of this world will get a full view it’s Creator on this Earth for 1000 years.
But only those that have accepted the truth of God will be a part of God’s everlasting kingdom which will not be on this Earth, at least as we know it now.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Everyone will get the opportunity to live in the city of God!
This Messiah, who will reign with all authority, will also come down off that throne to personally hold up all those that fall.
*****Psa 145:14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
All those who look to the Lord for help “with faith” will be raised up to be with the Lord.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God is always willing to lift those up that call upon His name, while they yet live!
*****Psa 145:15 The eyes of “all” wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Psa 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Psa 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
All those that fall.
All those that are bowed down because of their burdens.
All those that wait upon the Lord.
As children who look to our earthly fathers in a time of need, so should we “all” look to the Lord who is not only our Creator but who is also our Provider!
God will open up His hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing!
Psa 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
It is only the Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of true satisfaction!
The creature can only find satisfaction in the Creator!
Whether we understand it or not, whatever God does is always the right thing to do!
Psa 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.
God said it was the right thing for Him to do to bring tribulation to all those that rejected His Church!
2Th 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
BUT, God’s justice will always be in harmony with God’s “Mercy”!
Psa 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psa 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
In God’s government, promises made are always promises that are kept!
God is always closest to those that love Him!
*****Psa 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, “to all that call upon him in truth”.
What is the facts of God’s Word?
God will never leave praying men and women, who truly confess the Lord Jesus Christ, to battle this world alone!
Psa 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
God is always “very present” in our times of trouble.
Formal prayers and false professions of sin will never bring anyone into communion with the Lord!
We must remember there are some things that God hates.
Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Jesus said that He was the truth and God expects us to come to Him in truth.
It is only these that know the truth and confess the truth that God will answer!
*****Psa 145:19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
What is the will of God?
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
How does the will of God fit into our prayer life?
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
God will fulfill the desire of all those that respect and esteem His name and His Word!
We must remember, It is God who listens and it is God who will send salvation.
God has never trusted these things to any part of His creation.
It is God who came Himself to save us and it is that same personal God who will hear us and who will deliver us from all our troubles!
Why? Because we serve a compassionate and loving God!
*****Psa 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
To preserve means God will save all of His children from death and destruction but notice it is only those that love Him.
Heaven and Hell are both eternal realities!
There are two ways to travel in this world!
1) There is the humanistic approach that says that all religious beliefs must pass the test of human reasoning and the findings of science. Therefore if Christianity that does not adapt to the modern world then it must not exist.
They insist that the Bible is not infallible and it is only a record of the experiences of others.
The Bible disputes this line of thinking:
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2) Then there is the right way.
Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
Salvation came to the Church by the “Apostles Doctrine”.
Act 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Act 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
We must continue steadfast in the Apostles Doctrine in order for the Church to continue to grow!
There is only one pathway to Heaven!
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way”, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
ALL other paths lead to Hell!
This is why the world hates the Lord Jesus Christ and reject His truth!
*****Psa 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and “let all flesh bless his holy name for ever” and ever.
King David said it does not matter what all others are going to do but with my mouth I will speak praise to the Lord.
David said, I’m doing it now and I will do it forever.
It does not matter from what background we come from!
Every race, every sinner, and from every generation, young and old, we need to unite behind the Word of God and glorify the only Savior of our world.
We should be doing this same thing that King David said.
We need to praise the Lord!
We need to praise Him now and we need to praise Him forever and ever!