Archive for May 20th, 2016

Psalm 148

Psalm 148 continues the focus on praise.  This time, the author tells us how and who should praise Him.

  • Praise the Lord from the heavens
  • praise him in the heights
  • Praise him, all his angels
  • praise him, all his hosts
  • Praise him, sun and moon
  • praise him, all you shining stars
  • Praise him, you highest heavens
  • and you waters above the heavens

We are to praise God anywhere and everywhere.  God is not only deserving, it is our duty.

And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away”.  God’s in it for the long haul.  His creation is forever.  And His plan for us is the same.  Jesus came to earth to offer us a way to spend eternity with God.  Sin got in the way back in the Garden with Adam and Eve.  It wasn’t God’s original plan for man to fall to sin.  But it happened, and is still happening, and so He provided a different way for us to be able to spend eternity with Him.  Salvation through His saving grace and mercy provided for us through Jesus Christ on the Cross.  It’s our only way, but it is free if we simply accept it.  Forever is a very long time.  We have to address the reality that our spirit will exist eternally, either in heaven with God, or apart from Him in Hell.  There is no other option.  We need to think long and hard on that and make sure we are ready to meet our Maker!

Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created”.  All creation is charged with the task of praising God.  He is the Creator.  He is the one who spoke everything into existence.  The psalmist calls us all out.  We are all to praise His name:

  • great sea creatures and all deeps
  • fire and hail
  • snow and mist
  • stormy wind fulfilling his word
  • Mountains and all hills
  • fruit trees and all cedars
  • Beasts and all livestock
  • creeping things and flying birds
  • Kings of the earth and all peoples
  • princes and all rulers of the earth
  • Young men and maidens together
  • old men and children

That pretty much covers it, doesn’t it?  We are all responsible to praise our God!

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord”!  Here the writer goes again – he gives us a list of why we should exalt His name:

  • his name alone is exalted
  • his majesty is above earth and heaven
  • He has raised up a horn for his people
  • praise for all his saints
  • for the people of Israel who are near to him

Praise the Lord!  That’s our charge!  Don’t wait – do it today!

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