Today’s Summer in the Psalms passage is Psalm 145. You can read Psalm 145 here.

Have you ever had a really meaningful experience with God?  It doesn’t have to be something “big” according to human standards.  It could have been something as regular as reading a verse in the Bible that suddenly made sense in a new way or seeing a tree you walk by everyday with fresh eyes of wonder at how it grew so tall.  I’ve had a few of these moments in life.  Times where I knew I was hearing from God or seeing His work; experiencing connection with God in a new way that helped me grasp who He is just a little bit more.  In those moments I was fully convinced of God’s care and provision, of his strength, of his love for me and that He really heard me.

The thing is, I’m forgetful.  We all are.  If I don’t write down these God experiences or tell someone about it I forget. Oh, I might remember it for a day or two but after that the profoundness of the experience begins to fade.  For me, it seems like Psalm 145 may have been written in response to a God experience in order to capture the essence of the experience the psalmist had with God.

I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.

This sounds like the type of response evoked after experiencing God’s provision and blessing, after seeing or hearing from Him.  The psalmist declares gratitude and devotion to God…forever and ever.  

One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.  On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

Tell the story so you don’t forget the experience!!  Keep repeating the goodness of God and sharing with others so that you remember the truth of who God is.  I believe another thing happens when we share our stories of encounters with God.  Not only are we reminded and encouraged but so are others.  When I sit with someone and hear the experience they had with God, I get to see God through their eyes.  I get the opportunity to see another aspect of God’s character.  This binds me closer to God and connects me to this person. Sharing our God experiences with others can unite us as the Body.  

Let’s share our stories of God’s goodness, giving each other hope and encouragement.

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!}

Originally from York, NE, Leah met Jesus through friends in Campus Impact and has not left Him or us since then! Leah teaches and works on UNL’s East Campus, as well as serving as a small group Coach at Real Time. This summer Leah is spending as much time as possible sitting in her hammock in the back yard with a good book. You can reach her at leahsandall@gmail.com.