Psalm 148

The author calls all of the created realm to praise the LORD. He calls heaven and the angels to praise the LORD.

 


 

PRAISE THE LORD!

 

VERSE 1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise him in the heights!

Praise the LORD. The Hebrew word is “hallv-yohh.”

 

VERSE 2. Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all his army!

 

VERSE 3. Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you shining stars!

sun and moon. The author personifies these inanimate objects as being capable of praising the LORD.

 

VERSE 4. Praise him, you heavens of heavens, You waters that are above the heavens.

 

VERSE 5. Let them praise the LORD’s name, For he commanded, and they were created.

he commanded, and they were created. The created realm owes its existence to the LORD.

 

VERSE 6. He has also established them forever and ever. He has made a decree which will not pass away.

 

VERSE 7. Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures, and all depths;

sea creatures. The author personifies animals as being capable of praising the LORD.

 

VERSE 8. lightning and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling his word;

 

VERSE 9. mountains and all hills; fruit trees and all cedars;

 

VERSE 10. wild animals and all livestock; small creatures and flying birds;

 

VERSE 11. kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth;

 

VERSE 12. both young men and maidens; old men and children:

 

VERSE 13. let them praise the LORD’s name, for his name alone is exalted. His glory is above the earth and the heavens.

his name alone is exalted. The name of the LORD is glorious!

 

VERSE 14. He has lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his holy ones; even of the children of Israel, a people near to him. Praise the LORD!

lifted up the horn of his people. That is, God desires to make us strong. As we become strong, God will be glorified and people will be inspired to glorify God.

the praise of all his holy ones. That is, God desires to honor his faithful ones.

a people near to him. That is, the people who are close to him. Are you close to God?

 


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