Worship Using Psalm 148
May 6, 2015
This morning in meditating on God’s Word, Ps. 148:13 struck me, so I memorized it. It says, “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.” What a beautiful and worshipful verse to quote reverently before the Lord!
Who is the “them” being encouraged to praise the Lord’s name? Verses 7-12 tell us, and those that are mentioned are many within God’s creation, both animate and inanimate. Great sea creatures are mentioned, as well as all ocean depths. Lightning, hail, snow, and clouds are included, and so are “stormy winds that do His bidding” (v. 8 ), letting us know that stormy winds, even those which cause destruction, that would have to mean, happen because of God’s direct command and/or permissive will, and this so that His plans are accomplished. (Regrettably, there are Bible teachers who, in their desire to believe that since the cross God stopped executing all judgements on the earth, reject Scripture’s doctrine on this in spite of multitudes of verses concerning it.)
In verses 9-12, mountains, all hills, fruit trees, all cedars, wild animals, all cattle, small creatures, flying birds, kings of the earth, all nations, princes, all rulers of the earth, young men, maidens, old men, and children –all these are called upon to praise the Lord. The word “all”, used six times here, should not be left unnoticed so that we will recognize that the entire creation is being commanded to praise the Lord.
In the preceding verses of Ps. ch. 148 we see there were others who were also specifically called upon to praise the Lord and His name. Mentioned in verses 2-4 they are: All the Lord’s angels, all His heavenly hosts, the sun, the moon, all the shining stars, the highest heavens, and the waters above the skies. These are addressed directly and commanded to praise the Lord and His name. And again the word “all” is repeated.
So are we –each one of us– obeying? Are we joining in with the praise? Are our mouths, and our whole lives, extending praise to the name of the Lord and exalting Him alone? –The One whose splendor is above the earth and the heavens? –The One whose splendor is continually being displayed throughout, and in, and through the earth and the heavens, this fact being understand by what is revealed in both the Word of God and creation?
In verses 1 and 7 there is the command to praise the Lord from locations. These are: From the heavens, in the heights above, and from the earth. Verses 5,6,13,14 tell us why we should praise the Lord and His name: It is because He created through His command, because He set the creation of the heavens in place through a decree that will never pass away, because no other name is worthy of exaltation, and because He has raised up a king (Jesus) who is the joy of those who belong to Him.
Ps. ch. 148 is rich with both theology and words by which to praise the Lord. Verse 13 was especially precious to me this morning, but because of the rest of the verses (all of which I was not memorizing), I felt it appropriate to substitute “them” for “all creation” as I said it before the Lord. In this way much of the chapter’s meaning is summed up in this one worshipful verse, and so I memorized it like this: “Let all creation praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens.”
Amen! May all creation praise the Lord!