Psalms of Praise

Psalms 146:1 Hallelujah! My soul, praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing to my God as long as I live. CSB

Psalms 147: 1Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry. 10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.

Psalms 148: 1Praise the LordPraise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light!
Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.
He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away. 
Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children. 
13 Let them praise the name of the LordFor His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord!  

Psalms 150: 1 “Hallelujah! Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in his mighty expanse.  2 Praise him for his powerful acts; praise him for his abundant greatness. 3 Praise him with trumpet blast; praise him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and flute. 5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with clashing cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!

Psalms 135: 1 Praise the LordPraise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord,
You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

He smote the firstborn of Egypt, Both of man and beast.
He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
13 Your name, O Lord, is everlasting, Your remembrance, O Lord, throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge His people And will have compassion on His servants.
15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.
16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;
17 They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them.

21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

The Hebrews believed God hung the earth floating in space without a visible means of support.  The book of Job in the Bible dates to around 2000 BC. It records this truth about the earth:

He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
(Job 26:7)

Hanging the earth on nothing in empty space was inconceivable 4,000 years ago. But today we know the Bible was right. Throughout the Old Testament, God repeatedly identifies Himself as the Creator, the One Who made heaven and earth. He is the One Who hung the earth in space on nothing, the One Who stretched out the heavens, and the One Who created the stars to shine. He is worthy of every man’s allegiance and worship.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens.
(Proverbs 3:19)

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
(Isaiah 40:12, 21-22)

Thus says God the Lord,
He Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
He Who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,
He Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it.
(Isaiah 42:5)

Henry Luke  Revised 4/3/2017, 4/4/2017, 4/5/2017

 

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