Psalm 145 For People Who Fail

You try so hard, but once again well, you've failed. Here's hope from David in Psalm 145. No matter the failure you are forgiven and loved.

I’ve read Psalm 145 dozens of times, but the other day I had an “aha” moment.

David – giant killer, warrior, adulterer, murderer . . . and “man after God’s own heart.”

Said:

I will exalt You, my God and King, and praise Your name forever and ever.

I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise You forever.

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

No one can measure His greatness. v.1-3

“I will”  – not I’ll try, but I will. I promise.

“Exalt” – I will lift You Up. I will give You glory and honor.

“My God and King” – You, my Creator, Redeemer, Comforter . . . sovereign, all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, Lord of all.

“I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise Your forever” – Not just an hour a week, but 24/7 forever and always I will praise and worship You. 

David promised to live every day praising God before the people of his day. He promised to live so people would see the difference God made in his life.

Promising to Live Like David

I want to be like David.

Not the David who failed to go to battle, had an affair, and had an innocent husband murdered. 

But the David who promised to glorify God before men.

Like David, I’m a sinner. Not exactly like David, but in lots of ways that fail to give God glory and honor, ways that fail to lift Him up. I fall short of God’s will. I fall short of my own expectations. But…

Forgiven Like David

Like David I’m forgiven. And so are you. No matter what we’ve done. No matter what we’ve failed to do. We are forgiven.

Are you feeling guilty over a past failure?

Pray David’s words from Psalm 51:

Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing love.

Because of Your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. v. 1-2

Then praise God for His mercy and grace. Thank Him for His faithful forgiveness. 

David knew that forgiveness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Psalm 145:8

The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does.

The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. v. 13-14

Mercy and compassion, grace and healing! God’s love covers every failure and gives us a fresh start.

You try so hard, but once again well, you've failed. Here's hope from David in Psalm 145. No matter the failure you are forgiven and loved. .

Living Psalm 145

By God’s grace you and I can live Psalm 145. Like David, we can live to lift His name before others. We can go to Him every time we fail. We can trust His promise… to always love and faithfully forgive. 

[God] is able to take your life, with all of the heartache, all of the pain, all of the regret, all of the missed opportunities, and use you for His glory.” ~Charles R. Swindoll

Like David, you and I can use our stories as a testimony to God’s ability to use forgiven imperfect people for His plans and purposes, and most of all—for His glory.

Take a moment today to thank and praise Him for His grace and mercy.

And lift him up. Give Him glory and honor forever and always.

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4 comments

  1. Mary Dolan Flaherty says:

    Deb, this makes me think of Judas and how we always think of him as the one who betrayed Jesus, the one who sold him out. He’s even portrayed as dark and sinister. But Jesus CHOSE Judas, just as he chose the other 11. We identify with Peter, who also betrayed Jesus by denying Him. So why don’t we ever identify with Judas? Peter got a second chance, and my guess is that Judas would have too if he’d only chosen life over death. I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one who thinks that perhaps Judas loved Jesus even more than Peter–for him to have such remorse over his actions to choose death. Don’t you just love when you read something for the 5,000th time as if it’s the first? Great insight today, as always, Deb.
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  2. marthajaneorlando says:

    Thank you for reminding us that God sees past all our fears and failures, and loves us immeasurably. He will use us for the purpose of His Kingdom when we let him, just as David did.
    Blessings, Deb!

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