Read: Psalm 148; Psalm 45; Psalm 51
Psalm 148 exhorts all creation to praise the Lord. Psalm 148 is truly universal: a psalm for everything, everyone, everywhere, at every time.
Think About It: Compare Psalm 148 to Psalms 45 and 51. Observe the differences in terms of personal/private expression vs. corporate/public expression. What are some other psalms that are, in their expression, intensely personal? corporate? universal? How does this range of expression apply to me?
Prayer: Praise the Lord, for He is the Lord of all creation, and He is my Savior.
Read: Psalm 148:1 – 2; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; Psalm 103:20 – 21; Luke 2:14
Angels should praise the Lord because they owe the creation of, preservation of, and reward for their sinless innocence to Him. Angels provide an example to God’s other creatures because the angels praise the Lord constantly and eternally.
Think About It: What characterizes the praise of angels according to the Scripture references for today? What does it mean to give glory to God in the “highest”? Do I offer to God the very best praise of which I am capable? How am I doing at following the angelic example?
Prayer: Lord, help me to offer the praise of mind, heart, and obedience.
Read: Psalm 148:3 – 6; Genesis 1:2, 6; Psalm 19:1 – 5; Romans 1:20; Luke 19:40
The sun, moon, and stars should praise the Lord because they were created by His command and He established them and maintains them forever by His eternal decree. Psalm 148:4 refers to the initial act of creation, in which the “waters” were parted and the dome of heaven created (Genesis 1:6). This picture of creation suggests there is something even beyond the heavens, the formless void over which the Spirit of God hovered before Creation (Genesis 1:2). Even this formless void is called on to praise the Lord, for in its midst God made the Universe and all that is in it. The formless void did praise the Lord in yielding to His voice of command, bringing forth something where there was nothing.
Think About It: How does the very existence of celestial objects bring praise to God (Psalm 19:1 – 5; Romans 1:20)? How does calling for inanimate objects to praise the Lord serve as an exhortation to animate beings to praise God (Luke 19:40)?
Prayer: Lord, I praise You for Your eternal decrees and Your glorious creation.
Read: Psalm 148:7 – 9; Genesis 1:20; Job 41:1; Mark 4:39
Sea creatures are the first of God’s creation on earth to be exhorted to praise the Lord because God first made animate creatures in the sea. The mighty forces of nature are called on to praise the Lord. The very forces which make men tremble because man cannot control them also can make men humble before God, when men realize that even the raging fury of the natural forces is under God’s close supervision.
Think About It: Why is the whale a special symbol of God’s glory (Job 41:1)? How can the mountains praise the Lord? How do fruit trees and cedars praise the Lord?
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You call me to worship You and that provide me with the means to worship You.
Read: Psalm 148:10; Psalm 50:10; Psalm 147:9; Matthew 6:26; Proverbs 6:6
Beasts and livestock, creeping things and birds are exhorted to praise the Lord. They praise the Lord by providing a reminder of God’s ownership of all living things (Psalm 50:10) and by providing evidence of God’s providence (Psalm 147:9; Matthew 6:26). God provides even for the lowliest of creeping things, how much more will He care for man!
Think About It: Do I recognize God as my owner? Am I relying on God’s providence? What special instruction does the lowly ant provide (Proverbs 6:6 – 8)? How is this an encouragement to praise the Lord?
Prayer: Lord, I praise you as my Owner; thank you for providing for me.
Read: Psalm 148:11 – 13; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 5:8; 2 Samuel 6:22
All mankind is exhorted to praise the Lord. Kings and the nations they lead and their princes and judges are exhorted to praise God. From the highest human authority and status, down to the very lowest, all are to praise God.
Think About It: Young and old together are exhorted to praise the Lord. What special contribution do older worshipers make to younger worshipers, and vice-versa? What assumption underlies the exhortation given to fallen mankind to praise the Lord (2 Peter 3:9)? According to Psalm 148:13, what is one important reason why mankind is to praise the Lord (Psalm 29:2)?
Prayer: Lord, please help me to praise you with wisdom and with enthusiasm.
Read: Psalm 148:14; 2 Corinthians 12:9 – 10; Ephesians 2:13; Philippians 2:9 – 11
The Lord’s redeemed people are to praise the Lord. God’s people should praise the Lord, because He raised up a horn for them. The “horn” is a symbol of strength; King David was a type of horn. God’s people should praise the Lord because they are near to Him. The blessing of having God in the midst of the camp was a special privilege of Old Testament Israel. That privilege of nearness has now been extended to all who are in Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
Think About It: Who is the Horn that God has raised up for me? Who is my strength? How is God best glorified in worship (Philippians 2:9 – 11)? What are some descriptive titles for God, based on Psalm 148, that I can use in praising Him?
Prayer: All glory and honor and majesty and power and strength be to You, Lord Jesus.