Commentary for Psalms 148

The creatures placed in the upper world called on to praise the Lord. (1-6) Also the creatures of this lower world, especially his own people. (7-14)

1-6 We, in this dark and sinful world, know little of the heavenly world of light. But we know that there is above us a world of blessed angels. They are always praising God, therefore the psalmist shows his desire that God may be praised in the best manner; also we show that we have communion with spirits above, who are still praising him. The heavens, with all contained in them, declare the glory of God. They call on us, that both by word and deed, we glorify with them the Creator and Redeemer of the universe.

7-14 Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God is praised. The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, do what God appoints them, and no more. Those that rebel against God's word, show themselves to be more violent than even the stormy winds, yet they fulfil it. View the surface of the earth, mountains and all hills; from the barren tops of some, and the fruitful tops of others, we may fetch matter for praise. And assuredly creatures which have the powers of reason, ought to employ themselves in praising God. Let all manner of persons praise God. Those of every rank, high and low. Let us show that we are his saints by praising his name continually. He is not only our Creator, but our Redeemer; who made us a people near unto him. We may by "the Horn of his people" understand Christ, whom God has exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, who is indeed the defence and the praise of all his saints, and will be so for ever. In redemption, that unspeakable glory is displayed, which forms the source of all our hopes and joys. May the Lord pardon us, and teach our hearts to love him more and praise him better.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 148

  • Vicki on Psalms 148:2
    Where in the New Testament does it speak of how even Jesus' own family did not receive him as Savior, while he was living?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Psalms 148:2
    That's not true. His earth dad, Joseph, grew up with the Torah no doubt and had knowledge about the awaited Messiah. He just didn't know Mary had been chosen; and he had been chosen. Both were descended from King David; very distant cousins.

    Slowly study Luke 1-2. Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart! Mary and Joseph both knew that Jesus was theirs only a little time.

    See also: Luke 2:33, 2:48, 51.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Psalms 148:2
    Vicki here you go: Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

    Mark Chapter 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

    3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

    4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.

    5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed [them].
  • Vicki - in Reply on Psalms 148:2
    Thank you Mr. Hilt. That is what I was thinking, but couldn't remember exactly what The Word of God said, or where to find it. I do so appreciate your help!
  • Carol on Psalms 148:2
    Yes please can you tell me what this may mean? My brother died last year at a early age my mom died a month later I was so very sad. When they died I found two white feathers at my house. One actually stuck too my glasses a year later my only aunt died and I found a feather on my leather couch . I found another feather today on my bedroom floor and a month ago when I woke up one was on my dresser . Could this mean angels are near? I never got feathers in my house before I do not know how to explain this. He says he will cover you with his feathers in the bible . Can you tell me what this means please? I am a little confused about this can you help me please.

    Blessings,

    Carol
  • Linda on Psalms 148
    Praise be to God Almighty. Praise be our prince Jesus the son of God,God is good God is love God is peace.


 

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