I Will Praise Your Name (Psalm 145)

Psalm 145

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 splendour of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
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.

8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

9 The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
13 Your 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.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

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 fulfils 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.

Reflection

When Shula and I wrote I Will Praise Your Name we took the following verses from Psalm 145 as inspiration:

The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works (the entirety of things created). (Ps 145, v 9)
 
The eyes of all look to You (in hopeful expectation), and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps 145, v 15)


I grew up in a family where my Mum battled depression and cried a lot. I think somewhere down the line I told myself as the oldest daughter I had to somehow be emotionally sufficient not only for my own needs but also for her and the rest of the family. This pattern subconsciously continued into adulthood; While longing to being cared for I somehow kept falling back into acting like the inexhaustible giver in most of my relationships.

One morning I went for a walk talking to Jesus about being exhausted, feeling like I was constantly falling short and left disappointed. I felt Him say: “Let me mother you.” This statement took me by such surprise that I got emotional, realising what I had been needing all this time. God wanted to be the strong mum who would show me how not to just barely survive but wholeheartedly thrive in my identity. I felt such relief in knowing that God wanted to fill this need in my life.

It was on the exact same day that I went into Joey’s home studio to do a quick vocal recording of I Will Praise Your Name. While recording I sang from a place where I wasn’t only looking to God as my king and father, but also as my mother; My nurturing source of provision, tender care and confident strength.

It fills me with so much hope and joy listening to the whole production of this song. It is a trusting proclamation of God’s promises to all of us. All our tears will be washed away, all will be made new and the only thing we’ll be able to do is eternally respond in overflowing relief and joy that God is indeed good to us and satisfies our every need.

My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever. (Ps 145, v 21)
I Will Praise Your Name
Written By: Nadine Furer, Shula Swift and Shane Beales
Lead Vocals: Nadine Furer
Production: Joey Walker
Mix: Rich Titchener
Nadine Furer - Swiss Ms. Came to London to study Songwriting. Stayed for all the cafes. Has been part of St.Mary’s for almost 5 years. Carer/Truth-teller. #deepliving
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