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Psalm 146-148

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Psalm Chapter 146

Psalms 146 to 150 are sometimes referred to as the "Hallelujah Psalms" because they begin and end with the Hebrew Hallelujah, which is often translated into English as "Praise The Lord!"

Praise The Lord

"Praise The Lord! [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD]

Praise The Lord, O my soul! [see Where Is Your Soul?] I will praise The Lord as long as I live [see What Happens When You Die?]; I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

Put not your Trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. When his breath departs [see Giving Up The Ghost] he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in The Lord his God, who made heaven and earth [see Christ The Creator], the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; The Lord opens the eyes of the blind [see Awaken To The Light]. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners, He upholds the widow and the fatherless; but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin [see They Shall Be Ashes].

The Lord will reign for ever, Thy God, O Zion [see Zionism], to all generations. Praise The Lord!" (Psalm 146:1-10 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 147

"For it is good to sing praises to our God" is a principle that prevails through the entire Word of God, from Genesis ("Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe" Genesis 4;21 RSV) to Revelation ("day and night they never cease to sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" Revelation 4:8 RSV). Christ himself sang hymns e.g. "when they had sung a hymn, they went out to The Mount Of Olives" (Matthew 26:30 RSV).

Harp

"Praise The Lord!

For it is good to sing praises to our God; for He is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem [see The City To Come]; He gathers the outcasts of Israel [see The Gathering of Israel and Judah]. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars [see How High Is Heaven?], He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, He casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to The Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God upon the Lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds, He prepares rain for the earth, He makes grass grow upon the hills. He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens which cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man; but The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.

Praise The Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah] For He strengthens the bars of your gates; He blesses your sons within you. He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat.

He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs swiftly. He gives Snow like wool; He scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He casts forth His ice like morsels; who can stand before His cold? He sends forth His word, and melts them; He makes His wind blow, and the waters flow.

He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and ordinances to Israel. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know His ordinances. Praise The Lord!" (Psalm 147:1-20 RSV)

Psalm Chapter 148

"Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars!" is an obvious proof of God's existence. To deny the Creator is to deny the Creation that is plain to see (see Don't Try To Make A Monkey Out Of Me).

Heaven

"Praise The Lord!

Praise The Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His host! [see The Host Of Heaven] Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of The Lord! For He commanded and they were created. And He established them for ever and ever; He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.

Praise The Lord from the earth, you sea monsters [see Dragons] and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling His command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children!

Let them praise The Name of The Lord, for His Name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for His people, praise for all His saints, for the people of Israel who are near to Him. Praise The Lord!" (Psalm 148:1-14 RSV)

Fact Finder: Why didn't God create man as spirit right from the start? What is the purpose of man being physical at first?
See Immortality


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