Psalm 148

Psalm 148

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Praise the Name of the Lord

148   Praise the LORD!
  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!
  Let them praise the name of the LORD!
    For he commanded and they were created.
  And he established them forever and ever;
    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
  Praise the LORD from the earth,
    you 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!
  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!

(ESV)


Psalm 148 Commentary

by Hank Workman

We probably don’t think much of the greatness of all of creation giving praise and worship to our God. From the very heights to the depths, all creation praises the one and only God who is over all and in all.  As the heavens declare the glory of God which was written all the way back in Psalm 19, the heavens continue such worship.

This is not some lofty thought.  The praise to our God is not a wish we hope to see.  It’s in Revelation we read it will be fulfilled and it is beautiful.

“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.” –

Revelation 5:11-14 

What a beautiful thought of all creation, a universal praise to the God of all gods performing the most unreal and believable chorus of praise!

From the heavenly bodies to the vast solar systems all give praise all declaring His glory.  Earth joins in the chorus.  Everything fixed and moving will give such adulation.  The praise is drawn to even the creation of all made in His image.  After all of creation bursts forth, humankind fills the skies with praise.  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb they are all asked to join in the chorus yet to come.  And oh yes, it is coming.

“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

Oh yes, it is coming.  And personally, I cannot wait!


Psalm 148 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

It is a word that has become obsolete in many Christian circles. Sin. The rebellion of man that separates us from God is our primary issue in life. The Bible opens in Genesis with the majesty and wonder of our Father in Heaven orchestrating life. Not soon after, we find the source of all evil and suffering in the world. It is the catalyst for sex trafficking, racism, hate, mass murderers, serial rapists, and child abuse. How can we not talk about sin when it has destroyed our planet and seemingly grows darker with each passing day?

Who is responsible for this? Not God. He is holy and worthy of all praise, as this psalm beautifully articulates.

And He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 148:14 NASB

When we consider how holy God is, it is implausible to think that such a Being would reach down into our lives and rescue us from the vile and wicked results of our choices.

The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!

Psalms 99:1 NASB

And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

Isaiah 6:3 NASB

God’s holiness alone results in praise. Even before Jesus stepped onto the scene, the mighty acts of God drew praise from His people. Now, even more than ever, our praise must be reserved for Him and Him alone. Jesus has come to take away the sin of the world! Freedom is here! Our debt has been paid! If the thought of God’s grace doesn’t leave you humbly broken and full of praise and gratitude, you just aren’t getting it.

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