Psalm 147

Psalm 147 continues the focus on praising God.  “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting”.  The psalmist points out three things about praise:

  • It is good
  • It is pleasant
  • It is fitting

God is worthy.  We should spend far more time praising God.  He is worthy of our praise.  Our praise should flow from our lips and be music to His ears.  God is good, and we need to sing His praises.

The writer goes on to remind us just how awesome God is.  “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure”.  Look at the words used to describe Him: great…..abundant power…..understanding beyond measure.  Our God is far beyond what we can truly comprehend.  His goodness to us is beyond our ability to understand.  God is worthy of our praise – now, today, tomorrow, forever.  How much time do you spend in praise and adoration?  It’s how we need to begin our day and end it.  It’s how every prayer should start.

The majority of the chapter lists the why behind the focus on praise.  The list is long, because God is so amazingly good:

  • The Lord builds up Jerusalem
  • he gathers the outcasts of Israel
  • he heals the brokenhearted
  • he binds up their wounds
  • He determines the number of the stars
  • he gives to all of them their names
  • he 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
  • 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 ashes
  • He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs
  • He sends out his word
  • he makes his wind blow and the waters flow
  • He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel

Wow, what a list.  Is God worthy of our praise?  Absolutely.  He wants us to see His goodness and relate to Him through praise.  “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love”.  God demands some respect from us – He is in control of all things and makes all things.  This is His domain, and we are merely passing through.  We need to recognize Him as King of Kings and fear Him as the Creator and Keeper of all.  God is Lord of Lords.  He is over all!

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