Scriptures

Psalm 148

Introduction

In Psalms 146-150, the focus is purely on the praising of God. There are no requests and there are no cries of distress, they are all simply psalms of praise, where the psalmists praise God for who He is and what He’s done.

In this psalm, the psalmist encourages all of God’s creation to simply praise Him for His majesty.

‘Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.’ Psalm 148:1-6

The psalmist begins by declaring the great hallelujah, that is, praise the LORD. They call upon all of the heavenly beings and bodies to praise Him.

The angels and heavenly hosts are also encouraged to praise Him, that is, all the spiritual beings who dwell in the heavenly realm, Isaiah 1:9 / Revelation 4:8.

The sun, moon and shining stars are also encouraged to praise Him, Psalm 98:7-8 / Isaiah 55:12. The personification of the sun, moon and stars demonstrates the majesty of God and the fact that it is right that only He be praised, for He was the Creator of all.

The highest heavens, that is God’s dwelling place, Deuteronomy 10:14 / 1 Kings 8:27 / 2 Chronicles 2:6 / Nehemiah 9:6 / Psalm 115:16, are called upon to praise Him, along with the waters above the skies, Genesis 1:7.

It was God who commanded them to be created. We must remember that God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit were all involved in creation, Genesis 1 / Colossians 1:16.

All of the heavenly beings and bodies were not only created and established by God at His command, but they will also continue because of His decree, 2 Peter 3:7 / 2 Peter 3:10 / 2 Peter 3:13.

‘Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendour is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.’ Psalm 148:7-14

After calling upon all the angelic beings and all the heavenly bodies, the psalmist now calls upon all of the creatures on the earth to praise God. The great sea creatures, Job 7:12 / Ezekiel 29, and all creatures who live in the depths of the ocean are called upon to praise Him.

All the phenomena of weather, that is, lightning, hail, snow, clouds and wind, are also encouraged to praise God. Everything on the land, things which don’t move, the mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars, and all the living animals, are also encouraged to praise God.

The psalmist now encourages all humans to praise God, the kings of the earth, all nations, princes, rulers, young men and women, old men and children. Life and the created world should praise the One who brought all things into existence.

The very name of God confirms His existence, and so, His right to be praised by those who recognise His existence. He deserves praise because He alone is God and His splendour is clearly seen above the earth and the heavens, that is, He is more glorious than all the things on earth.

God should be praised because He has raised up for His people a horn, that is, He gives His people power and prosperity, Psalm 89:17 / Psalm 92:10 / Psalm 112:9. He should be praised because He has come closer to His people, Deuteronomy 4:7 / Deuteronomy 33:29 / Ephesians 2:13 / Acts 2:39.

The psalmist ends their psalm in the same manner they began, with the great hallelujah, praise the LORD.

Conclusion

The psalmist encouraged all of God’s creation to praise the LORD because He and He alone is worthy of receiving our praise.

In Revelation 5 we’re introduced to the Lamb, ‘who was slain before the foundation of the world’, Revelation 5:12 / Revelation 13:8.

John has a scroll that no one can seem to open, but the Lamb then comes and opens the scroll in order to unleash the wrath of God. Christians, as a result, cry out, ‘Worthy is the Lamb!’ Revelation 5:12.

Who is this Lamb? It’s Jesus, the Lamb of God, John 1:29. Christians were being persecuted, they wanted to know if God is in control, who will help us overcome the great world power that is Rome? The Lamb takes the scroll and unleashes the vengeance of God. It’s Jesus Christ, who is able to offer help during times of persecution.

The Lamb is pictured as the One Who is worthy to receive our honour, Revelation 5:12. We aren’t to pay honour to Domitian. The Lamb is going to unleash God’s vengeance, and He’s the One Who is worthy of our honour or glory.

Our lives must be about giving Jesus, the Son of God, the glory and honour He deserves. In fact, that’s what our lives are all about, Isaiah 43:7 / 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Revelation 5 tells us that the Lamb is worthy, He’s able to unleash God’s vengeance, and we must give Him the glory and honour that He deserves. It’s through Jesus that the devil, the beast, and Rome itself will be defeated because of Jesus’ actions.

Jesus, through death, overcame that ‘he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.’ Hebrews 2:14.

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"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."

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