Psalms 148:7-14 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, (8) fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! (9) Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! (10) Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! (11) Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! (12) Young men and maidens together, old men and children! (13) Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. (14) He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the LORD!
Why are they praising Him – vs. 13?
- Earth is to praise “the name of the LORD” because God has the most exalted name and reputation in the universe. Among other things, “name” stands for character and reputation.
- Earth is to praise Him because of “His majesty” in all the earth. The grandeur of earth, and therefore its Creator, can be seen in every crevice in the world.
- Lastly because he has raised up a horn for his people.
- At this time who are God’s chosen people? Israel.
- Who has been their strength and power [their horn]? God himself.
- Now this Horn that was raised for the people “who are near to him” – which could mean Israel as a whole or it could mean just the truly faithful that draw near to Him. Either way the one true God has been the horn – the strength and power – of his chosen people and this will cause them to do what in vs. 14? Praise Him!
Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.
Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.
Who are God’s chosen people now? Believers!
Who is our raised up horn? Jesus Christ!
Where do we get our strength and power? In and through Jesus!
What does James say about drawing near? If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us!
If we are born again, Jesus was raised for us and in and through Him is where we get our strength and power when we draw near to Him and He draws near to us. Therefore; shouldn’t we, like the Psalmist commands, praise Him?
Don’t miss this. The people especially called to praise God are those who have received His wonderful salvation! “His people,” “all his saints,” the people “near to him” understand His love and power the best. Therefore, they are exhorted to praise. No wonder the psalmist concluded with a final “Praise the LORD!”