Psalm 148:1-14 Hymn By Anonymous
Psalm 148:1-14 Dept. Of Redundancy Dept.
This the third “Hallelujah” psalm that begins and ends with Hallelujah, aka, “Praise The Lord.”
One of the most important things you can do when attempting to interpret Scripture is look for things that repeat. Can you find anything that repeats in this psalm? God uses repetition for things that are important. Praising the Lord is important.
As we try to break out this psalm, if we ask some basic questions, we can see that there is more than just redundancy and repetition in this psalm. Besides repetition, other things you can look for when interpreting Scripture are the answers to these questions: Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How. Verses 1-4 state that the angels including the good angels, the bad angels and the devil, in other words, all beings in the heavens, and everything in the cosmos should praise the Lord. So verses 1-4 answer the “who” question.
How can the cosmos praise God? Answering the “how” question, they reflect His magnificence. They just have to stay where they are to praise Him! God created them (v. 5). He sustains them (v. 6, cf. Col. 1:17).
Verse 6 also answers the “when” question. The answer is we are to praise God forever.
Verses 7-12 contains answers to more of the “what” question. Gigantic fish, weather, terrain, plants, mammals, birds, leaders of nations, and all people should be praising the Lord. Of course, the static items in the list will praise the Lord as we with brains recognize God’s great handiwork. Otherwise, they are just . . . there.
Of course, verse 7 also answers the “where” question. We are to praise Him on earth, everywhere, wherever we go.
I love when the Scripture says that God’s glory is above the earth and heaven (v. 13, cf. Ps. 57:11; 108:5; 113:4). That is up there! One day we will share His glory with Him (cf. 1 Pet. 5:1, 10; 2 Thess. 2:14).
A horn (v. 14) represents the strength of Israel (cf. 1 Sam. 2:1, 10; Ps. 89:17; 132:17). Verse 14 answers the “why” question. We should praise God because He will protect and exalt his people, Israel. He will do the same for us! Praise Him!
I hate to be redundant, but praise Him, praise Him!
Proverbs 18:6-7 Fuel For Fools
When we see the word “fool” in Scripture, especially Proverbs, we could think, “idiot.” There are idiot’s guides for about anything that you can find on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. That’s because we’re all idiots. In fact, before we’re saved, we’re all fools (cf. Rom. 3:9-18, 23). So don’t be feeling so high and mighty.
Someone defined evangelism as two beggars sharing bread. But whenever I teach, I think of myself in teaching any spiritual truth as a beggar sharing bread. We are all fools in need of grace.
After all, who is the fool if it’s not the one who rejects God’s offer to know Him (cf. John 17:3) and live eternally with Him? That must be the ultimate foolishness. Which is why “fool” is basically code for an unsaved person in Proverbs.
Fools are usually getting into trouble. They are wise guys that aren’t wise. They are begging for someone to slug them in the mouth (v. 6).
A fool’s language always gets him into trouble (v. 7a). Their utterances also keep them from learning the truth and learning about salvation. That is why it is always best to keep your answers short when witnessing. Answer questions as briefly as possible (cf. 1 Pet. 3:15). Always keep the conversation centered on Christ and not how much you know. It is only Christ that will save a person (cf. 1 Cor. 2:2).