Psalm 150

Psalm 150

Author: Anonymous

This is the last Psalm. It’s all about praise. When we praise God, we acknowledge His awesomeness. I think praise involves a little more than just being thankful for what He’s done. We praise Him for who He is!

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Verse 2 – Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Verse 3 – Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and the harp!

Verse 4 – Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!

Verse 5 – Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with lashing cymbals!

Verse 6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

When we bow in humble adoration before our Savior, some people will see it as a sign of weakness and think we are foolish. But in truth there is only one kind of fool, “The one who says in his heart there is no God.” When we praise the living Savior, others that are lost can see us as a witness for Him.

When Christ died at Calvary as God’s sacrifice for the world’s sins, Jesus said, “It is finished!” So, the ritual of sacrifice was over forever. Jesus paid it all. We only except. The only sacrifice we owe is of praise to our Savior, and when we praise Him we will be obedient to His Word!

End of the Book of Psalms

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Psalm 149

Psalm 149

Author: Anonymous

The Lord Takes Pleasure in His People

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation, of saints.

Verse 2 – Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Verse 3 – Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and harps.

Verse 4 – For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.

I’m amazed at how some churches conduct their worship services. Some I’ve attended remind me of a funeral; some only the choir get to sing, like you are watching a performance. These verses describe what it’s like to praise the Lord with our entire being; with our voices , dancing, instruments, and the clapping of hands. He is worthy of our praise.

Verse 5 – Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.

You know you can still glorify God on your sick-bed. We don’t have to just lay there and say, “Oh poor me!” I know some people are really sick and can’t even lift their heads, but I’ve seen people start to tell of the good things of God, right in the middle of their crises, and before long, they are up and moving about.

Verse 6 – Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand,

Verse 7 – To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples;

Verse 8 – To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

Verse 9 – To execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!

This double or two-edged sword symbolizes the completeness of judgment that will be executed on Christ’s return. For those who are in Christ, it will be a blessed and joyous time; for the wicked evil doers, not so much.

Psalm 148

Psalm 148

Author: Anonymous

Let All Creation Praise the Lord

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!

Verse 2 – Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!

Verse 3 – Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!

Verse 4 – Praise Him, you heaven of heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

Verse 5 – Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.

Verse 6 – He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which shall not pas away.

All creation is like a majestic symphony. If you’ve ever seen films of where scientist are able to put microphones out in the galaxy, you can hear the stars and the planets making a melody. Birds, in the mornings are singing, even the great whales of the oceans sing. How much more should we praise the Most High individually and with other believers?

Verse 7 – Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths;

Verse 8 – Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His Word;

Verse 9 – Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars;

Verse 10 – Beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl;

Verse 11 – Kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth;

Verse 12 – Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.

Verse 13 – Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name also is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.

Verse 14 – And He has exalted the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints – of the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord!

There is no God but One. I think the majority of people know that, but still will follow other false gods. There is only One that will lead to heaven, and His name is Jesus. All other gods that are man-made, are still dead. Only One raised from the dead and is still living today in each believer – Jesus the Christ!

Psalm 147

Psalm 147

Author: Anonymous

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

Verse 2 – The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

Verse 3 – He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.

Verse 4 – He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.

Verse 5 – Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

We will never understand God’s full character, its infinite. His ability to look on the heart and see our motives and desires is something no one else has the ability to do. However, when we are confused with what is happening in our lives, there is only One source we go to – God in His infinite wisdom gladly gives to those who ask.

Verse 6 – The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

Verse 7 – Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises on the harp to our God,

Verse 8 – Who covers the heavens with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

Nothing in heaven or on this earth escapes God’s attention.

Verse 9 – He gives to the beast its food, and to the young raven that cry .

Verse 10 – He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

Verse 11 – The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.

God has placed gifts, talents, and skill down on the inside of each of us. When we use them for His glory, He will take us further than we could ever have imagined.

Verse 12 – Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise Your God, O Zion!

Verse 13 – For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.

Verse 14 – He makes peace in your borders, and fills you with the finest wheat.

Verse 15 – He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.

Verse 16 – He gives snow like wood; He scatters the frost like ashes,

Verse 17 – He casts out His hail like morsels; who can stand before His cold?

verse 18 – He sends out His Word and melts them; He cause wind to blow, and the water flow.

God’s spoken word accomplishes all that He declares.

Verse 19 – He declares His Word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.

Verse 20 – He has not dealt thus with any nation; and as for His judgments, they have not known them. Praise the Lord!

Through the Jewish people, God brought His son, Jesus. Now, all those who believe in His son are under that same family.

Galatians 3:28, 29 – (verse 28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (verse 29) And if you are Christ’s , then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Psalm 146

Psalm 146

Author: Anonymous

The last five psalms begin and end with “Praise the Lord!” When we praise the Lord, it takes our mind off ourselves and places the focus on the One who has all the answers. Praise leads us into worshiping with others.

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! (Hebrew, Hallelujah) Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Verse 2 – While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Verse 3 – Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.

Verse 4 – His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish.

What man can do for another is only temporary. What God does is complete and everlasting.

Verse 5 – Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Verse 6 – Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps truth forever,

Verse 7 – Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

Verse 8 – The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

Verse 9 – The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

God’s ways are not like the world. Jesus proclaimed, the first will be last, and many who are last will be first (Matthew 19:30). He also stated, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever losses his life for My sake will find it (Matthew 16:26). Jesus spoke the opposite of how the world thinks.

That is why He tells us not to be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, by reading His Word.

Verse 10 – The Lord shall reign forever – Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Author: David

Testify to God’s Great Acts

Verse 1 – I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever.

Verse 2 – Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Verse 3 – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

We can’t comprehend God’s superiority. He spoke everything into existence. How great is that? He came in the flesh; died and rose from the grave; and died for you and me!

Verse 4 – One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

I think that’s one of the things we are missing in this generation. I don’t hear a lot of telling others what God has done, except in church. Even among people I know, I don’t hear God getting a lot of credit for anything. I’m not ashamed to tell people, “God did that for me.!”

Verse 5 – I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.

Verse 6 – Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.

Verse 7 – They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.

Verse 8 – The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.

Verse 9 – The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Do you know it’s not pointing out to someone, all their sin and wrongs they’ve done that will bring someone to Jesus. It starts with telling someone that we have a God that loves them. Romans 2:4 – Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance (tolerance), and that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? His salvation is open to all!

Verse 10 – All Your works shall praise You O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You.

Verse 11 – They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power,

Verse 12 – To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom,

Verse 13 – Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Verse 14 – The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down.

We were never meant to carry the burdens of life on our shoulders. Some are so weighed down, it causes them to stumble and fall, and even sometimes, just give up!

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:6, 7 – Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (verse 7) casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we are admitting we can’t do it without Him. We give it all to Him and  through prayer and His Word, and His Spirit, He guides us. Our situation is never hopeless as long as we trust in Jesus. He promises to sustain us and in due time, His timing, He will exalt, lift us up!

Verse 15 – The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.

Verse 16 – You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Verse 16, is not just talking about the wild animals that God created just to receive food. David wrote this verse making it literally to mean, “When God All Mighty opens His mighty hand of favor on our lives, we will see “No lack!” Our God never shows up empty-handed. Why do we so often forget that ? The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… – lack.

Verse 17 – The Lord is gracious in all His ways, gracious in all His works.

Verse 18 – The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Calling upon Him in truth: First you have to believe what is written in the Word of God as truth. Then when we pray, we believe we receive, whether you see it right then or not.

Look at this: 1 John 5:14, 15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (verse 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we have asked of Him.

Verse 19 – He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

Verse 20 – The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.

Verse 21 – My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

When praises go up, the joy of Lord will come on you. When we praise Him, we praise Him for what He has done and what He is doing, and what He will do. We thank Him for the end result before we see the victory because we know with confidence He heard us when we prayed. He does reward those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrew 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

God is not our genie at our beck and call. If you are truly born-again, filled with His Spirit, then you have confidence He hears your prayer or petition. Whatsoever you ask in the name of Jesus, you shall have it! Believe and receive!

 

Psalm 144

Psalm 144

Author: David

Verse 1 – Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle –

Verse 2 – My loving kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me.

Verse 3 – Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?

Verse 4 – Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

We’re not to live our lives without purpose that has no lasting value. But with God , all things will become possible with meaning and purpose.

Verse 5 – Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains and they shall smoke.

Verse 6 – Flash forth lightening and scatter them; shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.

Verse 7 – Stretch out Your hand from above; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of foreigners,

Verse 8 – Whose mouth speaks vain words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

This right hand that swears to falsehood probably refers to a pledge that is deceptive.

Verse 9 – I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Verse 10 – The One who gives salvation to kings, who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword.

Verse 11 – Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of the foreigners, whose mouth speaks vain words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood –

Verse 12 – That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculpted in palace style;

Verse 13 – That our barns may be full, supplying all kinds of produce; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;

Verse 14 – That our oxen may be will-laden; that there be no breaking in or going out that there be no outcry in our streets.

Verse 15 – Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the Lord!

That’s a big prayer David prayed. I think sometimes our prayers are too small. When we do that, we limit God. His purpose and plans for our lives are so much bigger than we can even imagine. That’s one reason we need His Holy Spirit when we pray, because the Spirit knows all things. We should pray big bold prayers and see what He has in store for us!