By definition an acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet. We find seven such acrostics that start with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the Psalms – one of which, we are looking at, at the moment, in our sermons: Psalm 145. Unfortunately our English translations don’t use an acrostic, but our resident Hebrew scholar (thanks PatrickJ) has done one for us. Please read and enjoy, and may this acrostic of Psalm 145 help you to perhaps memorise this wonderful psalm.
As my God and King I will exalt you and bless your name forever and ever!
Bless you and praise your name every day forever and ever!
Can anyone measure his greatness? Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!
Down the generations, each generation will tell of your mighty deeds and praise your works
Each miraculous work draws me to meditate upon his splendour, honour and majesty
For your fearsome might demands recognition ‐ I will declare your greatness
Great is your goodness! Your praises pour forth! Your righteousness rings out!
How gracious and compassionate is the Lord ‐ slow to anger and great in love
Indeed the Lord is good to all, and shows his mercy to all his creation
Just as your works praise you, Lord, so your faithful followers bless you
Know the honour of your kingdom will be declared, your mighty deeds will be told
Let all men come to know his mighty deeds and the honour and majesty of his kingdom
May your kingdom be an everlasting kingdom, and your reign endure over all generations
No falsehood can be found in all his words, the Lord is merciful in all his works
Over and over the Lord upholds those who fall, and raises up the humble
Placing their hope in you, all eyes look to you, and you provide them food in season
Reaching out with open hand to satisfy the needs of every living thing
Shown to be righteous in all his words, the Lord is merciful in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call him in truth
Understanding the needs of all who fear him, he hears their cries for help and saves them
Vindicating all those who love the Lord, and vanquishing the wicked
With this song of praise to the Lord, my mouth will sing:
May every living thing bless his holy name forever and ever!
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