Archive for January 11th, 2013

Psalm 147

Psalm 147 is another call to praise the Lord.  It reminds us that “it is good to sing praises to our God….for it is pleasant….and a song of praise is fitting”.  Praise is to be our way of interaction with the Father.  He is worthy.  The psalmist goes on to list out dozens of reasons why.  Ever wonder what God does with His time?  Here is a pretty impressive resume.  Check out the list of all that the writer records:

 

–       “The Lord builds up Jerusalem

–       he gathers the outcasts of Israel

–       He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds

–       He determines the number of the stars

–       he gives to all of them their names

–       The Lord lifts up the humble

–       he casts the wicked to the ground

–       He covers the heavens with clouds

–       he prepares rain for the earth

–       he makes grass grow on the hills

–       He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry

–       the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him

–       he strengthens the bars of your gates

–       he blesses your children within you

–       He makes peace in your borders

–       he fills you with the finest of the wheat

–       He sends out his command to the earth

–       his word runs swiftly

–       He gives snow like wool

–       he scatters hoarfrost like

–       He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs

–       He sends out his word, and melts them

–       he makes his wind blow and the waters flow

–       He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel

–       He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his rule

In the middle of the list of all that God does comes these words: “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure”.  God is really amazing.  He is great, and greatly to be praised.  The chapter ends the way it began: “Praise the Lord”!  Plenty of reasons why.  God is worthy, more than worthy of our glory and honor and praise.  The only question is whether or not we are taking the time to do it!

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