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Frameworks: Psalm 148: May all creation praise God


[Preliminary Comments: These final psalms build up to a mighty crescendo of praise to God, for who He is and what He has done. The call to praise Him comes from the psalmist to all the occupants with the Lord in heaven [v.1,2]. But then he turns to the created world [v.3-6] and all the living creatures on it [v.7-12], that all the earth should praise the Lord [v.13], especially Israel who He brought into being [v.14]. It is a psalm that demands awareness of the Lord's activities, and then praise because of them.]



v.1,2 Let praise for God pour forth from heaven


v.1  Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
v.2  Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

v.3-6 Let all His created earth also praise Him


v.3  Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
v.4  Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

v.5  Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
v.6  and he established them for ever and ever 
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.


v.7-12 May every living creature on the earth praise their maker


v.7  Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
v.8  lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
v.9  you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
v.10  wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
v.11  kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
v.12  young men and women,
    old men and children.


v.13 Let them all acknowledge His glorious name above all else


v.13  Let them praise the name of the Lord,
     for his name alone is exalted;
     his splendour is above the earth and the heavens.

v.14 And may Israel praise Him for raising them up


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.

Praise the Lord.



[Additional Comments: The nature of this psalm turns from descriptions of what the Lord has made, to demands to all He has made to recognise His wonderful works and praise Him for them: angels in heaven, the created earth and all who live on it. These are HIS works.]



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