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Praise the Lord!
Psalm 148

This morning we are going to take a look at Psalm 148.

-Psalm 148 is a praise Psalm, falling in a group of praise Psalms which finish up the book of Psalms.
-Praise Psalms are often more focused on WHO God is, rather than what He has done
-The praise of the Lord is commanded, it pleases the Lord, it is reasonable because of His love, His care of us and the fact that He is our Maker, it changes us and our-turning the focus from us to Him
-Given the frazzled nature of the time of year that we are in (with exams, the hustle and bustle of shopping, family get togethers, etc) it's good that we stop and remember that God is worthy of our praise and thanks.

READ PSALM 148

Note that a good companion Psalm is Psalm 8, wherein it says;


1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


THE FLOW AND MESSAGE OF PSALM 148

1. Our text begins and closes with a general call to Praise the Lord v1, 14

This call applies to all things He has made

2. The call to praise God extends to the angels in Heaven and the stars in the sky v.2-4

Note the sweep and scope of the text: From Heaven on down- so goes the call to the praise the Lord, so is praise given

3. The call to praise God owes itself to the fact that we are His creation- He made us v.5-6

Neat verses

Ephesians 2:10 "We are God's workmanship/masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."

Revelation 4:11 ""You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."


4. The command to praise Him extends to all things He has made- animals, people, mountains and hills, the weather- v.7-12

No one and nothing is exempt from this call!**** Not us, not the highest of God's angels, Not the animals, neither the rocks that little the ground

Note the flow...

The sun, moons, stars, the seas, the clouds in the sky, the great sea creatures and all in it, lightning, hail, snow, clouds, stormy winds, mountains, hills, fruit trees, cedars, wild animals, cattle, small creatures, flying birds

The flow descends, then in v.11-12 the flow ascends as the command to praise the Lord is upon Kings, nations, princes, rulers, young men and women, old men and children

How is it that that animals and inanimate things praise the Lord?

All things are made by Him. In the Scriptures animals are seen to do His bidding as is the wind, waves, sun, stars.

All created things bear His stamp. All things show forth and testify to His majesty, His power, His creativity, His glory. All things belong to Him

Interesting verse: Luke 19:40. As Jesus enters Jerusalem and the crowd praises Him the Pharisees want Jesus to stop them, to which Jesus says; " "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."


5. We are to praise God alone, for He alone is worthy v.13

-Men and women are not worthy of praise
-Angelic beings are not worthy
-That which we make and fashion is not worthy
-The sun, moon, stars, rivers, clouds, they are not worthy

Worthy alone is our Creator, the LORD, our Maker- who not only made us, but made us in His image that we might know Him in a personal way and have relationship with Him


6. Israel to praise God- for His call, His empowering, His blessings v.14

"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" NIV

"He has made his people strong,honoring his faithful ones- the people of Israel who are close to him" NLT

"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." KJV

"HORN" A horn was used as the principal defense and ornament of many beasts. The word "horn" is often used to signify strength and honor, speaking of victory
The Jews: God's chosen people. A people belonging to God- meant to example to the nations the true service of God. A people through whom the redemptive plan of God was at work- for the coming of Jesus who as to his human nature was of the line of David.

God made the Jews strong. He exalted them over the nations. He was their God-- they of all people were to lead the way in praising God.

INTERESTING

There is great application for us in v.14!!!!!- for we who have been bought and redeemed by the blood of Christ have this calling: To lead the way in the praise of God- to example a people dedicated to Christ and full of gratitude for the grace and help of God.

FURTHERMORE: As ones who belong to Christ we are a people close to His heart. We are the sons and daughters of God.

As 1 Peter 2:9-10 says; "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."


CONCLUSION

Psalm 148 calls us all to Praise the Lord

-while it's not always easy, it's a mandatory call.
-God is worthy- for He is our Maker, our provider, our sustainer, our helper, our Savior

Application:

Please take the pen that is in the pew and write down something you are thankful to God for. When done please bring it up to the front and fix it to the table. (a song will play during this time)

Why? The Psalm calls us to Praise the Lord- we need to practice doing so - personally and corporately.



Closing song: Praise God from whom all blessings flow