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Frameworks: Psalm 147: Praise for all God's provisions


[Preliminary Comments: Another unidentified psalm but again one of praise to God [v.1]. The bulk of it is taken up with giving reasons for that praise: because of what He has done for the exiles and Jerusalem [v.2,3], and for His works as Creator [v.4,5, 8,9, 15-18]. Yes, He is both a God who interacts with His people as well as with His created world. Although He is all powerful, He comes to the humble and lowly on His earth [v.6] and deals with the wicked, so He is worthy of our songs of praise [v.7]. He has made it clear He delights in mankind who trust Him [v.10,11], and those in Jerusalem should be particularly aware of this [v.12-14], especially in the light of what He has done with Israel [v.19,20]. The praise of this psalm spans not only God's greatness in Creation but also what He has done with His chosen people.]



v.1 The psalmist calls us to praise the Lord, for that is fitting


v.1  Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!


v.2 Why? See how He returned the exiles to rebuild Jerusalem


v.2  The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.

v.3 See how He heals up those [returning exiles] broken hearted


v.3  He heals the broken-hearted
    and binds up their wounds.

v.4,5 See His mighty works in the skies


v.4  He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
v.5  Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.

v.6 See how He cares to the humble on one hand and brings down the wicked on the other


v.6  The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.


v.7 So sing praise to him


v.7  Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.


v.8,9 Yes, remember how He provides rain and thus grass as food for our cattle


v.8  He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
v.9  He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.


v.10,11 But it's not in animals that He delights, but in us who trust Him


v.10  His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
v.11  the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.


v.12-14 So Jerusalem praise Him as He blesses you with peace and provision….


v.12  Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

v.13  He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
v.14  He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.


v.15-18 …. as He commands the weather


v.15  He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
v.16  He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
v.17  He hurls down hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
v.18  He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.


v.19,20 And remember how He has made us a unique people


v.19  He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
v.20  He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

Praise the Lord.



[Additional Comments: What an amazing mix of praise for God as Creator and praise for God who is Redeemer. Go back over the psalm and identify both.]



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