In this psalm
God is highlighting
many of the things he does for us.
God wants our response to be
Thank Him and Praise Him.
And in this psalm,
God gives some pearls of wisdom
for those who really want
to dig deep and
run after God with their whole heart.
A Musical Psalm 147
Praise ye the Lord:
for it is good to sing praises unto our God;
for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
The Hebrew word translated comely
Becoming, fitting, lovely
We begin this psalm with a command from God
Have you praised him yet - today?
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to
our [gracious and majestic] God;
Praise is becoming and appropriate.
Psalm 147:1 AMP
I encourage you
to stop here and praise God for something
he has given you...
God, I praise you and thank you for ________________.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem:
he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.
God's love reaches out -
to build, to gather, to heal, to bind up wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars;
he calleth them all by their names.
God knows the number of the stars.
God knows everything about them.
He has even named them.
5 Great is our Lord,
and of great power:
his understanding is infinite.
Great is the Lord,
and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unsearchable.
Psalm 145:3 KJV
As we realize
he wants us to respond with
Praise to Him!
The Lord lifteth up the meek:
he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
God lifts up and God casts down.
Our choices influence our position.
Meekness = lifted up
Wicked choices = downward spiral
Looking at the word
A meek person
is one who is a strong follower of God.
One who is strong in obedience.
controlled by God's Word not his own will.
A Meek Person
but his strength is under control
he is under the authority of God.
The Bible also specifically tells us that sheltering
puts us in a position to spiritually fall.
We often see that
Pride comes before a fall.
A man's pride shall bring him low.
Proverbs 29:23 KJV
Pride goeth before destruction,
and an haughty spirit
before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 KJV
Below is a link about "meekness" you might like to visit
Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving;
sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
Verse 7 gives us
our proper response to
who God is and what God does.
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds,
who prepareth rain for the earth,
who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9 He giveth to the beast his food,
and to the young ravens which cry.
Almighty God is one who
God prepares ahead
in order to bless
all his creation.
God is never caught unprepared.
Has it ever occurred to you
that nothing has ever occurred to God?
Part of his preparation
is to create and cover the sky
so that the
rain is ready for dropping
and so that
the grass will grow
upon the mountains and upon
all the living places on earth.
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse:
he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
is not what delights God.
in a heart
that is right toward him.
“But the Lord said to Samuel,
'Don’t judge by his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him.
The Lord doesn’t see things the way
you see them.
People judge by outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.'”
1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
The Lord taketh pleasure in them that
in those that hope in his mercy.
Hope in his mercy
Let's look at the phrase:
Some translations write the word "favor" instead of "taketh pleasure" for verse eleven.
The Lord favors those who fear and worship
[with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],
Those who wait for His
mercy and lovingkindness.
Psalm 147:11 AMP
In the KJV,
the words "taketh pleasure"
are translated from the Hebrew word
Its definition is -
to be pleased with, accept favorably
So we see that the Hebrew word
is not just talking about
being pleased with,
but also has to do with favoring them as well.
Fear of the Lord
Fear of the Lord is a phrase
a way of looking at God
and it includes
a way of living our life
with the awareness of the seriousness
of the Words
that God puts in the Bible -
both enjoyable words
judgment words that are linked to sin.
Many Bible verses give us warnings
and if we have a healthy fear of the Lord,
we will heed the warnings.
Also take note:
Take note that
Proverbs 8:13 NKJV tells us
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil."
As you grow in your fear of the Lord -
it means that you will grow
to hate evil (not people but evil deeds)
and you will grow to want holiness in your life.
Below are two videos that give a greater understanding of the phrase:
The Fear of the Lord
If you do not have enough
fear of the Lord
avoid sin and a sinful life,
what does that imply about
your spiritual life?
I have just finished a page called
Fear of the Lord
which has a lot more
understanding and insights into this topic.
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;
praise thy God, O Zion.
Praise is our appropriate response
to the God who is
all Powerful and all Knowing and all Loving!
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates;
he hath blessed thy children within thee.
The gates of a city represent
talks about how the city gates were designed
and made strong...
Now the sons of Hassenaah
built the Fish Gate;
they laid its beams and set up its doors
with its bolts and its bars.
Nehemiah 3:3 AMP
In this verse, God says that
those who fear him,
he strengthens our protection
and the protection (and blessings) of our children.
This Psalm 147:13 scripture
is a reference to how God blesses
people-group or a nation
who respects and follows him.
He maketh peace in thy borders,
and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
As we get closer to God,
we experience peace with God
and peace with his Word.
And the second part of the verse
- filleth thee with the finest of the wheat -
reminds us of that God gives many other
to those who follow him closely.
He [God] fills my life with good things!
Psalm 103:5 TLB
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow,
and the waters flow.
What does God do?
God supernaturally -
and he causeth.
Note: Hoarfrost is a type of frost.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob,
his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
God sheweth (shows) or reveals his WORD to us.
He guides us into understanding as we read his Word.
Jacob wrestled with God
and then God re-named him Israel.
Israel means "God prevails"
Jacob and Israel are the same man.
Why is God using
both Jacob and Israel
in this verse?
I have a theory about
why God uses Jacob and Israel
in the same verse (or close proximity)
in various parts of the Bible.
The theory doesn't apply to every single one
of the instances
but it does apply in a large amount of instances.
If you are interested,
see part 5 on this page - click: Here
Below is more information
on some of the words
in this verse.
Showeth - in verse 19
05046 // dgn // nagad // naw-gad' //
a primitive root; TWOT - 1289; v
AV - tell 222, declare 63, shew 59, utter 5, shew forth 3, expound 2,
messenger 2, report 2, misc 13; 370
1) to be conspicuous, tell, make known
1a) (Hiphil) to tell, declare
1a1) to tell, announce, report
1a2) to declare, make known, expound
1a3) to inform of
1a4) to publish, declare, proclaim
1a5) to avow, acknowledge, confess
1a5a) messenger (participle)
1b) (Hophal) to be told, be announced, be reported
Word - verse 19 - He sheweth his word
01697 // rbd // dabar // daw-baw' //
from 01696 ; TWOT - 399a; n m
AV - word 807, thing 231, matter 63, acts 51, chronicles 38,
saying 25, commandment 20, misc 204; 1439
1) speech, word, speaking, thing
1b) saying, utterance
1c) word, words
1d) business, occupation, acts, matter, case, something, manner
Statutes - in verse 19
02706 // qx // choq // khoke //
from 02710 ; TWOT - 728a; n m
AV - statute 87, ordinance 9, decree 7, due 4, law 4, portion 3,
bounds 2, custom 2, appointed 1, commandments 1, misc 7; 127
1) statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, due
1a) prescribed task
1b) prescribed portion
1c) action prescribed (for oneself), resolve
1d) prescribed due
1e) prescribed limit, boundary
1f) enactment, decree, ordinance
1f1) specific decree
1f2) law in general
1g) enactments, statutes
1g4) civil enactments prescribed by God
Judgments - in verse 19
04941 // jpvm // mishpat // mish-pawt' //
from 08199 ; TWOT - 2443c; n m
AV - judgment 296, manner 38, right 18, cause 12, ordinance 11,
lawful 7, order 5, worthy 3, fashion 3, custom 2, discretion 2,
law 2, measure 2, sentence 2, misc 18; 421
1) judgment, justice, ordinance
1a1) act of deciding a case
1a2) place, court, seat of judgment
1a3) process, procedure, litigation (before judges)
1a4) case, cause (presented for judgment)
1a5) sentence, decision (of judgment)
1a6) execution (of judgment)
1a7) time (of judgment)
1b) justice, right, rectitude (attributes of God or man)
1d) decision (in law)
1e) right, privilege, due (legal)
1f) proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation:
and as for his judgments,
they have not known them.
Praise ye the Lord.
In the Old Testament,
God honored the Jewish people
that he did not give other nations.
Gentiles were able to join the Jewish people.
Here are examples:
There were Egyptians who joined Moses.
There was Rahab.
There was Ruth ...great- grandmother of David.
proclaims that God is a God for all peoples.
Consider visiting our page:
I am so glad
that I have been graphed into God's family!
For a look at all our Psalm pages: