A psalm of praise. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. 5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b] 6 They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. 7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
According to enduringword.com, in Jewish practice this psalm was recited twice in the morning and once in the evening service. The Talmud commends all who repeat it three times a day as having a share in the world to come.
I don’t know what it’s like to have a very long prayer memorized to repeat several times a day. This one certainly would keep the power and glory of the Lord ever present as I walk through my day. It’s so easy to have my morning meditation and prayer time, and then leave the house in a rush and move through my day so quickly that all my prayerful focus is soon pushed aside and replaced with the stress of the day. These words are so powerful a reminder that above all of the stress of my day, God’s watchful eye notices, loves me, guides me, and walks with me side-by-side.
Lord, stay ever present with me today, in the morning, noon and evening.