A psalm of praise. Of David.
1I will exalt You, my God the King;
I will praise Your name for ever and ever.
2Every day I will praise You
and extol Your Name for ever and ever.
3Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
His greatness no one can fathom.
4One generation commends Your works to another;
they tell of Your mighty acts.
5They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty—
and I will meditate on Your wonderful works.b
6They tell of the power of Your awesome works—
and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
7They celebrate Your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
8The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9The Lord is good to all;
He has compassion on all He has made.
10All Your works praise you, Lord;
Your faithful people extol You.
11They tell of the glory of Your Kingdom
and speak of Your might,
12so that all people may know of Your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom.
13Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom,
and Your Dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises
and faithful in all He does.c
14The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15The eyes of all look to You,
and You give them their food at the proper time.
16You open Your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17The Lord is righteous in all His ways
and faithful in all He does.
18The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
to all who call on Him in truth.
19He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
He hears their cry and saves them.
20The Lord watches over all who love Him,
but all the wicked He will destroy.
21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise His Holy Name
for ever and ever.
The five foregoing Psalms were all full of prayers; this, and the five that follow it to the end of the book, are all full of praises; and though only this is entitled David's psalm yet we have no reason to think but that they were all his as well as all the foregoing prayers.
Those who, under troubles and temptations, abound in fervent prayer, shall in due season abound in grateful praise, which is the true language of holy joy. Especially we should speak of God's wondrous Work of Redemption, while we declare His greatness. For no deliverance of the Israelites, nor the punishment of sinners, so clearly proclaims the justice of God, as the Cross of Christ exhibits it to us.
It may be truly said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that His Words are words of goodness and grace; His Works are works of goodness and grace. He is full of compassion because He came into the world to save sinners. When on earth, He showed His compassion both to the bodies and souls of men, by healing the one, and making wise the other. He is of great mercy, a merciful High Priest, through Whom God is merciful to sinners.