It will also not allow the people of God to remove themselves from the rest of creation. Not only are we commanded to praise the Lord, but all of creation, from the heavens above to the earth beneath, are called to praise Him. Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament, A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. b. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Verse 14 turns from the praise of God throughout the universe, from all God’s creation and because of God’s mastery of the cosmos, to praise of God for God’s saving acts on behalf of Israel. “God loves and cares for all his creation, but he has a special affinity for ‘his people,’ ‘his saints’.” (VanGemeren), ii. Psalm 148:3 "Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light." The delicate melody of the violins, the rich harmony of the violas and cellos beneath, the driving rhythm of the double basses underpinning it all. 4 Praise him, highest heavens, * you waters above the heavens. The whole of creation - from the cosmos (Psalm 148:1), to terra firma (Psalm 148:7) - is called to praise the LORD. Chapter 148 This psalm is a most solemn and earnest call to all the creatures, according to their capacity, to praise their Creator, and to show forth his eternal power and Godhead, the invisible things of which are manifested in the things that are seen. "Psalm 148 suggests that God will not properly be praised until the congregation includes not only all people, but also all living things and the inanimate features of creation." 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Commentary on Psalm 148. praise to be found in Scripture appeared in Psalm s 148 – 150, and in Psalm 148 in particular. Creeping things and flying fowl; Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. In general, to the heavens, to the heights. s. 3 Praise him, sun t and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Psalms 148, Adam Clarke Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. As verse 8 lists inanimate objects under God’s control it echoes Psalm 147:15-18 both in the list of objects and in its emphasis on God’s word. b. Psalm 148. Psalms 146-150 are linked by the words “praise the Lord” that appear in the first and last verse of each psalm. All the numbers from 10 to 146 are one less than in our Bibles. Praise the LORD from the earth: The first part of this psalm called upon things in the heavens to give praise to Yahweh. a. First Reading. And you waters above the heavens! 1J. Commentary, Psalm 148, Nancy deClaissé-Walford, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2012. Psalms 148 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his u hosts! At first glance this text about Samuel’s early years seems not to provide many resources for preaching and teaching. Psalm 148 - Psalm 148 - We probably don't think much of the greatness of all of creation giving praise and worship to our God. Praise ye the LORD. This passage comes on the heels of Judas leaving the other disciples at the last supper to betray Jesus. Leander E. Keck et. Praise ye the LORD. The claim is important because it was uttered and written in the Psalms in the midst of a theological crisis. They are always praising God, therefore the psalmist shows his desire that God may be praised in the best manner; also we show that we have communion with spirits above, who are still praising him. Let them praise the name of the LORD, Psalm 148 - Psalm 148 - We probably don't think much of the greatness of all of creation giving praise and worship to our God. The word translated “angels” could also be rendered “messengers” (verse 2). 1 Praise ye the LORD. Those that rebel against God's word, show themselves to be more violent than even the stormy winds, yet they fulfil it. 3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Revelation 5:11-13 tells us specifically that it will be fulfilled. NOTES ON PSALM CXLVIII This Psalm has no title: but by the Syriac it is attributed to Haggai and Zechariah, and the Septuagint and the AEthiopic follow it. Praise ye the LORD. To that bright and happy world the psalmist has an eye here, Psalm 148:1, 2. Psalms 148 Psalms 149:1 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. Commentary on Acts 11:1-18. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. "*Praise" means "tell "*LORD" is another name for God. Praise the LORD: Like each of the last five psalms in the Book of Psalms, Psalm 148 begins and ends with hallelujah, which is both an exclamation of praise to Yahweh and an encouragement to praise Him. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. [Respect all answers]. The whole of creation - from the cosmos (Psalm 148:1), to terra firma (Psalm 148:7) - is called to praise the LORD. 148. Dragons and serpents, which abide in the deep caverns and holes of the earth; or, 2. Psa 148:14 - 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. a. But the Psalter’s final word is not doubt, but hope: “Praise the Lord.” Psalm 148 is therefore well-suited for the first Sunday of Christmas. Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! A people near to Him. ), and to treat the stars as arbiters of destiny. Psalms 146, 147, and 149 deal with the work of God. As a hymn of praise, this is the most sublime in the whole book. 29-30. Psalm 22 - Heineman, Mark H. “An Exposition of Psalm 22,” Bibliotheca Sacra 147 (July 1990) 286-308. We should reserve our praise for only that which is truly greater and more glorious, not for the lesser things (such as the idols of men’s hands). Read Psalm 148:3 commentary using The Treasury of David. Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; New American Standard Version. You great sea creatures and all the depths; a. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Other angelic beings fell because they would not properly honor God (Isaiah 14:12-15). Praise the L ord s from the heavens; praise him t in the heights! The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, do what God appoints them, and no more. The Hebrew title for this psalm is tehillim (Praises). “Heavens exceeding heavens. His glory is above the earth and heaven: Yahweh deserves such praise from all things on earth because He is immeasurably greater and more glorious than anything on earth. “As God in framing the world began above and wrought downward, so doth the psalmist in this his exhortation to all creatures to praise the Lord.” (Trapp), iii. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye … Psalm 148 1 Praise the Lord.a p Praise the Lord from the heavens;q praise him in the heights above. As verses 5-6 declare, God created and apportioned all these elements as part of God’s sovereign act of creation. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. 4 Praise him, highest heavens, * you waters above the heavens. 148 r Praise the L ord! The singer here looks to the ultimate of heaven, and all the heavens, to praise God, including the clouds with their waters. Everything was perfectly balanced. This is another of the last five psalms that have no title in the Hebrew text, but each of these last five begin and end with Hallelujah or Praise the LORD! Commentary on Psalm 148:7-14 (Read Psalm 148:7-14) Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God is praised. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 148 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . The heavenly host has a military connotation (the word appears in 2 Samuel 3:23 for example clearly referring to the army). Psalm 148 focuses on God's control of the created order as reason for praise. Psalm 148. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Psalm 148 is a call to praise the Lord. 1 Praise the Lord. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. But we know that there is above us a world of blessed angels. First (148:1), there is a threefold opening call to praise the Lord from the heavens. Psalm 22-Patterson, Richard D "Psalm 22: From Trial to Triumph," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 47.2 (2004) 213-33. Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! It is the *covenant name. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. 2 Praise him, all you his angels; give praise, all you his hosts. “His goodness to all his creatures does not prevent his having a special favour to his chosen nation: he is good to all, but he is God to his people.” (Spurgeon). © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . ◄ Psalm 148:14 ► 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. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens u. and you waters above the skies. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, Of his people ) established because of Yahweh owe him praise:: commentary psalm. 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