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Universal Praise!

Scripture reading for July 3rd: Psalms 146-150

Life is to be lived in worship to the King!  Real joy and peace come from a life centered on the goodness and greatness of God the Creator!  Worship is not just singing a few songs at church on Sunday.  It is a universal duty of everything that has breath!

Psalm 146 begins with a declaration that the psalmist is going to praise the Lord all of his life!  Many are caught up in the idea of a king or politician who can save them!  But they will die and their plans come to nothing! (Psalm 146:3-4)  Only the God who created the heaven and earth can save!  He can be counted on by the poor, needy, oppressed and hungry!  He watches over the alien, widow, and the fatherless!  (Psalm 146:7-9)  God alone is worthy of praise!

Psalm 147 is a hymn of praise to the Lord for Jerusalem.  God has built up Jerusalem and gathered the exiles of Israel.  God’s people are to praise and honor Him for His mighty deeds on their behalf!  God’s delight is in those who fear Him! (Psalm 147:11)  He blesses them and protects them and deserves their worship!  (Psalm 147:12-14) He has given them His Word and laws, making them special among all nations!  (Psalm 147:19-20)

Psalms 148 commends all creation for their praise of the Lord!  Angels praise Him in the heights.  The sun, moon and stars praise Him.    (Psalm 148:3-6)  From the earth, sea creatures and fish, mountains and valleys, animals large and small praise Him!  (Psalm 148:7-10)  Man, too, praises the Lord!  Young and old, men and women, rich and poor all owe Him praise for His splendor is above all His works!  (Psalm 148:14)

Psalm 149 calls upon God’s covenant people, Israel, to praise the Lord!  They are to dance, sing, and make music with instruments!   The psalm then shifts from praise of God in their mouths to a double edged sword in their hands!  They are to praise the Lord as they inflict vengeance on the nations and peoples who have rebelled against the Lord and rejected His Love! (Psalm 149:6-9)  This is the “glory of all His saints.”

Psalm 150:6 sums it all up and closes the hymnal!  “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

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