Psalm 148


Psalm 148

joyfully proclaims:


Everything that God made

was created to

Praise God!

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This Psalm tells us:

Everything in heaven

was created to

Praise God.


Everything on earth

was created to

Praise God.



Many Christians have not been taught in their churches

that God commands us to praise him.

If we want

to be obedient

to our Loving Heavenly Father,

then we need to learn to

Praise Him.


Psalm 148


Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.


Everything in heaven

- even to the highest part of heaven -

was created to praise God.


And

This psalm calls out for

all of heaven to

PRAISE the Lord!



3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.



4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.


5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.


God has established them

- appointed them -

that they would continually

Praise Him. 

He decreed it, and it shall surely be.


In verses 2-6, we see that:

the angels,

the hosts of heaven,

the sun,

the moon,

the stars,

the water that is in the heavenlies

are all being called to Praise God.


Whether a living being

or

- an element like water -

they all were created to Praise Him.


Interesting that even things like 

H2O 

are created to bring

Praise to God.


It is God's will

that the whole heaven and the whole earth

are full of  Praisers  to God.


Notes:

The Hebrew word translated "angels" means "messengers" and the Hebrew word translated "hosts" means "army." So it may be that we are talking about two different kinds of angelic beings.

Heaven of heavens - In Hebrew grammar, this phrase means the highest heaven or the greatest heaven.

I remind you that there is more than one heaven:

The sky the birds fly in is heaven.

The place where the sun and moon are is another heaven.

Then there is at least one more heaven where God resides on his throne.


7 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

8 Fire, and hail;

snow,

and vapours;

stormy wind fulfilling his word:

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:


12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:


In verses 7-12,

we see lists of people, animals, and creatures.


Psalm 148

calls out to all of them to -

Praise God!


Note:

The word translated "dragon" has the Hebrew meaning of: "sea monster, dragon, serpent, sea creature." That Hebrew word occurs 27 times in the King James Bible. 



13 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.


                                          Take Note:


All these people, creatures,

and even things like

- fire -

were created to Praise God.




They are to PRAISE GOD because

  He ALONE

is

Great, Excellent, Wondrous, and Amazing.


His Glory

is

above all

of heaven and earth!




Psalm 106:1-2 NLT

Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

2 Who can list the
glorious miracles of the Lord?

    Who can ever praise him enough?


14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.



Below we will

Gain Understanding

through looking at the Hebrew words

in verse 14.


The word "horn" means "Strength" or "Power."

The words translated "He also exalteth" means - God exalts, raises up, displays.

The Hebrew word translated "saints" means godly. It describes those who try to follow God's Word.

The Hebrew word translated "even of the children" is actually the Hebrew word "Ben" which means "son."

The English word "Praise" is written two times in this verse. In Hebrew, there are two different Hebrew words used. The second "praise" is a Hebrew word that means - a praise that is shining and celebratory. This is a shining type of praise... God not only wants praise, but he wants us to often -  shine with delight as we praise him.


Beth's translation of verse 14:


God displays the strength of his people,

- the strength includes the praises of those who follow him  -

and those people are called the sons of Israel

and those people seek to be close and near to God.

(Then there is a final nudge from the Psalmist to

Praise the Lord 

- and -

in Hebrew,

this type of praise

indicates shining with celebratory praise for God.)



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