Bible Reading: Psalm 147
Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.
5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.
6 The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.
10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends forth His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?
18 He sends forth His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow.
19 He declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them.
Praise the Lord!
“Praise the Lord” is a running theme in this beautiful psalm. The writer encourages praise in verses, 1, 7, 12, and 20. As you read through this psalm you will discover many reasons to praise our God. Let me point out a few. May this become a guide for your prayer and praise today.
Praise the Lord because “The Lord builds up Jerusalem” (v. 2). God loves to build up His people. He gathers up the outcasts and gives them a home. He heals the brokenhearted. This God who is so powerful He can count and name every star, choses to build up His people. In a world that tears downs with sharp tweets and throw away relationships, be Godlike today and build up someone.
Praise the Lord because of His provision (vs. 7-11). God provides rain for the earth and makes grass grow on the mountains as food for the beasts of the field. Even the young ravens are provided for. So, why do we not wait on the Lord’s provision but choose to trust in our own creative ingenuity? God isn’t impressed with the strength of horses who plow, carry goods, and assist in providing us the good life. God isn’t impressed with our strength and power. No, God favors the person who fears Him and praises Him for all the needs of life. Place your life in His hands today as you praise Him.
Praise the Lord for His powerful word. God “declares His words to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel” (v. 19). We are fortunate to have God’s word in written form. Not everyone on this planet has access to the Bible but we have been blessed. Read it with pleasure and praise our Lord.
Weekly Bible Reading: The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. Psalm 146.9