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Psalm 148

Praise for God’s Universal Glory

1

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise him in the heights!

2

Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his host!

 

3

Praise him, sun and moon;

praise him, all you shining stars!

4

Praise him, you highest heavens,

and you waters above the heavens!

 

5

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for he commanded and they were created.

6

He established them forever and ever;

he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

 

7

Praise the Lord from the earth,

you sea monsters and all deeps,

8

fire and hail, snow and frost,

stormy wind fulfilling his command!

 

9

Mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars!

10

Wild animals and all cattle,

creeping things and flying birds!

 

11

Kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the earth!

12

Young men and women alike,

old and young together!

 

13

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted;

his glory is above earth and heaven.

14

He has raised up a horn for his people,

praise for all his faithful,

for the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 149

Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

1

Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

his praise in the assembly of the faithful.

2

Let Israel be glad in its Maker;

let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.

3

Let them praise his name with dancing,

making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

4

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;

he adorns the humble with victory.

5

Let the faithful exult in glory;

let them sing for joy on their couches.

6

Let the high praises of God be in their throats

and two-edged swords in their hands,

7

to execute vengeance on the nations

and punishment on the peoples,

8

to bind their kings with fetters

and their nobles with chains of iron,

9

to execute on them the judgment decreed.

This is glory for all his faithful ones.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness

1

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;

praise him in his mighty firmament!

2

Praise him for his mighty deeds;

praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

 

3

Praise him with trumpet sound;

praise him with lute and harp!

4

Praise him with tambourine and dance;

praise him with strings and pipe!

5

Praise him with clanging cymbals;

praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

6

Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!


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Ps 148:1-14. The scope of this Psalm is the same as that of the preceding.

1. heavens [and] heights—are synonymous.

2. hosts—(compare Ps 103:21).

4. heavens of heavens—the very highest.

waters—clouds, resting above the visible heavens (compare Ge 1:7).

5. praise the name—as representing His perfections.

he commanded—"He" is emphatic, ascribing creation to God alone.

6. The perpetuity of the frame of nature is, of course, subject to Him who formed it.

a decree … pass—His ordinances respecting them shall not change (Jer 36:31), or perish (Job 34:20; Ps 37:36).

7-10. The call on the earth, as opposed to heaven, includes seas or depths, whose inhabitants the dragon, as one of the largest (on leviathan, see on Ps 104:26), is selected to represent. The most destructive and ungovernable agents of inanimate nature are introduced.

8. fulfilling his word—or, law, may be understood of each. Next the most distinguished productions of the vegetable world.

9. fruitful trees—or, "trees of fruit," as opposed to forest trees. Wild and domestic, large and small animals are comprehended.

11, 12. Next all rational beings, from the highest in rank to little children.

princes—or, military leaders.

13. Let them—all mentioned.

excellent—or, exalted (Isa 12:4).

his glory—majesty (Ps 45:3).

above the earth and heavenTheir united splendors fail to match His.

14. exalteth the horn—established power (Ps 75:5, 6).

praise of—or literally, "for"

his saints—that is, occasions for them to praise Him. They are further described as "His people," and "near unto Him," sustaining by covenanted care a peculiarly intimate relation.

Ps 149:1-9. This Psalm sustains a close connection with the foregoing. The chosen people are exhorted to praise God, in view of past favors, and also future victories over enemies, of which they are impliedly assured.

1. (Compare Ps 96:1).

2. God had signalized His relation as a sovereign, in restoring them to their land.

3. in the dance—(Ps 30:11). The dance is connected with other terms, expressive of the great joy of the occasion. The word may be rendered "lute," to which the other instruments are joined.

sing praises—or, sing and play.

4. taketh pleasure—literally, "accepts," alluding to acceptance of propitiatory offerings (compare Ps 147:11).

beautify, &c.—adorn the humble with faith, hope, joy, and peace.

5. in glory—the honorable condition to which they are raised.

upon their beds—once a place of mourning (Ps 6:6).

6. high praises—or, "deeds." They shall go forth as religious warriors, as once religious laborers (Ne 4:17).

7. The destruction of the incorrigibly wicked attends the propagation of God's truth, so that the military successes of the Jews, after the captivity, typified the triumphs of the Gospel.

9. the judgment written—either in God's decrees, or perhaps as in De 32:41-43.

this honour—that is, to be thus employed, will be an honorable service, to be assigned

his saints—or, godly ones (Ps 16:3).

Ps 150:1-6. This is a suitable doxology for the whole book, reciting the "place, theme, mode, and extent of God's high praise."

1. in his sanctuary—on earth.

firmament of his power—which illustrates His power.

2. mighty acts—(Ps 145:4).

excellent greatness—or, abundance of greatness.

3, 4. trumpet—used to call religious assemblies;

4. organs—or pipe, a wind instrument, and the others were used in worship.

5. cymbals—suited to loud praise (Ne 12:27).

6. Living voices shall take up the failing sounds of dead instruments, and as they cease on earth, those of intelligent ransomed spirits and holy angels, as with the sound of mighty thunders, will prolong eternally the praise, saying: "Alleluia! Salvation, and Glory, and Honor, and Power, unto the Lord our God;" "Alleluia! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Amen!




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