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I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
     and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10  All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your[b] mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.][c]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

I wanted to spend some time praising God. I came across Psalm 145 and was excited because it opens with praise. But I soon realized that this psalm is not all about praising God. It’s about life.

It starts out as a love letter to God. And it goes as love letters go: praising the wonderfulness of God, relating Him to the author, naming specific attributes of goodness…the usual sap.

But loving God isn’t quite loving a man (or a woman). Loving another person should make you somehow better. I should qualify now that the type of love I am using is romantic love. I suppose I should use the phrase “in love,” but it almost sounds too sappy in those terms. Anyway, If loving a person should make you better, loving God should do something else. It should make you perfect.

Perfect love must be shared. It must be shouted off the rooftop. How could one hold in such a love?

And God is in love with us. He protects us (14), He provides for us (15), and He supports us (19).

I am convinced God gives us human love to teach us about His love. But I think the reverse is also true I think we learn about human love through God’s love.

I intended to write on praise, but once again I am writing about love. I suppose it’s a topic I’ve pondered a lot lately. The many forms of love. Someday, I will figure out how to apply this idea of love I’ve gotten. It’s the application of theory that matters. Theory is important for advancing ideas, but ideals don’t leave legacies. Action does.

Practical love is the only love that counts for anything.

 

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