The Meaning of Psalms 145:18 Explained

Psalms 145:18

KJV: The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

YLT: Near is Jehovah to all those calling Him, To all who call Him in truth.

Darby: Jehovah is nigh unto all that call upon him, unto all that call upon him in truth.

ASV: Jehovah is nigh unto all them that call upon him, To all that call upon him in truth.

What does Psalms 145:18 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalm 145:10-21 - God's Bountiful Provision
There is more happiness in the world than we are disposed to think. God's works give praise to Him. Take, for instance, the gladness of one summer day, when from the little green lizards upward there is a perfect murmur of enjoyment in the stilly heat. Shall we not trust God, to whom the care of all things is as easy as the opening of the hand is to us? Psalms 104:28.
Psalms 145:13 is graven in the keystone of a very old building in Damascus, once a Christian church but for many centuries a mosque. The words are still true and are nearer historical fulfillment today than ever, Psalms 145:18. The Lord is always nigh, though we do not perceive or realize His presence, and it is good to affirm it as we pray. To utter these words often during one's daily life is to practice the presence of God, after the manner of the Christian mystics. But some cannot do as much; they can only desire, Psalms 145:19. But He whose love notices the faintest yearning after Himself will fulfill it. See Psalms 145:19. We shall praise God worthily when we see Him as He is! [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalm 145

1  David praises God for his fame
8  For his goodness
11  For his kingdom
14  For his providence
17  For his justice, holiness, and savings mercy

What do the individual words in Psalms 145:18 mean?

Near Yahweh [is] to all who call upon Him to all who call upon Him in truth
קָר֣וֹב יְ֭הוָה לְכָל־ קֹרְאָ֑יו לְכֹ֤ל אֲשֶׁ֖ר יִקְרָאֻ֣הוּ בֶאֱמֶֽת

קָר֣וֹב  Near 
Parse: Adjective, masculine singular
Root: קָרֹוב  
Sense: near.
יְ֭הוָה  Yahweh  [is] 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יהוה 
Sense: the proper name of the one true God.
לְכָל־  to  all 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: כֹּל  
Sense: all, the whole.
קֹרְאָ֑יו  who  call  upon  Him 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine plural construct, third person masculine singular
Root: קָרָא  
Sense: to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim.
לְכֹ֤ל  to  all 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular
Root: כֹּל  
Sense: all, the whole.
יִקְרָאֻ֣הוּ  call  upon  Him 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Imperfect, third person masculine plural, third person masculine singular
Root: קָרָא  
Sense: to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim.
בֶאֱמֶֽת  in  truth 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, feminine singular
Root: אֱמֶת  
Sense: firmness, faithfulness, truth.