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Pastor's Pen - July 12, 2007
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July 12, 2007

Psalms 146-150
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Chapter 146
  1. Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
  2. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
  3. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
  4. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
  5. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
  6. Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
  7. Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
  8. The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
  9. The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
  10. The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

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Chapter 147
  1. Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
  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.
  4. He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
  5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
  6. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
  7. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
  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.
  10. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
  11. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
  12. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
  13. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
  14. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
  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.
  19. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
  20. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

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Chapter 148
  1. 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.
  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.
  7. Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
  8. Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; 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:
  13. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
  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.

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Chapter 149
  1. Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
  2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
  3. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
  4. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
  5. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
  6. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
  7. To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
  8. To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
  9. To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

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Chapter 150
  1. Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
  2. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
  3. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
  4. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
  5. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
  6. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

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 The theme of these final five Psalms is obvious: Praise to the Lord. This has been a familiar theme throughout the Psalms, yet I believe that the Lord wanted us to have these five songs at the conclusion of the book to bring our hearts back to the realization that our wonderful Lord is worthy of constant worship and praise. In Psalm 146 David calls for praise to be offered to the Lord not only from his lips. but from the very depths of his soul (1). He is not content with an external worship that looks good in front of others, but he is committed to an internal worship that come from the heart. He promises to praise the Lord as long as he has breath (2). This implies that he will praise the Lord in spite of his circumstances, for it is doubtful that David believes that he is never going to have any more trouble. He challenges his fellow believers not to put their trust in political leaders, nor in any mere human, but rather to rely completely upon Jehovah (3-5). He concludes the Psalm by stating that the Lord is worthy because of His creation (6), His benevolence towards the needy and oppressed (7-9), and for the future establishment of His Millennial Kingdom.

 In Psalm 147 he continues giving reasons that the Lord is worthy of worship, but he also includes two other verses that shed light on this subject. In verse 1 he states,

"Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely."
According to this verse, the offering of praise is good, pleasant, and comely. It is good for us to praise God, so this should encourage us to do it more often. It is pleasant and beautiful as well: both to God and to us. In verse 11 the psalmist concludes,
"The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy."
God is pleased when we praise Him, for it shows that we have a proper fear and appreciation for Him. Apparently, the amount and sincerity of our worship is a strong indicator of what we really think about our Lord. For many of us, that might be very convicting.

 In Psalm 148 David calls for the entire universe to praise Jehovah. He calls for praise from angels (2), from the celestial objects (3-4), the oceans (7), the weather (8), the geological and plant kingdoms (9), the animal kingdom (10), and all of mankind (11). Our God is so great that He is worthy of praise from all His creation. No aspect is exempted, the great and the small, the angelic, the human, the animal, and the inanimate are all to praise the Lord. Certainly this list includes us.

 Psalm 149 adds a new aspect to praise. Having established that the saints of God ought to praise the Lord (1-5), he adds in verses 6-7,

" [Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, [and] punishments upon the people;"
David here equates praising God with standing up against those who hate and oppose Him. While I do not believe that these verse are calling upon us today to do physical harm to the enemies of God, I do believe that a God Who is worth praising is worth standing up for. It would be hypocritical for me to speak highly of my wife, and then stand by quietly while someone else tears her down. A man who would do this is no man at all! Yet many Christians praise the Lord among their brethren on Sunday, and then make no attempt to speak up for Him when His name is blasphemed by the ungodly the rest of the week. Praise from the heart will produce action in the life. In Psalm 150 David discusses various means of praise. God is to be praised in His house and throughout His world (1). Praise is not to be confined to the church house when surrounded by believers. It is to be given in public before the lost as well. He is to be praised with musical instruments (3-5), and with our voices (6).

 Our God is a great God, and all creation is to glorify Him. May we be faithful to fulfill David's final statement: "Praise ye the Lord".

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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