We wrap up the psalms with four “Halleluiah” psalms. They are all praise songs to the God of grace. Psalm 147 has special emphasis on Creation – look at v.4 and see once again how God claims to be the one who created this universe, so he knows how many stars there are. Think about it: if we think we humans have come a long way, there is no way we will ever be able to number the stars – we can’t even number the galaxies! – but the Creator can. He knows how many there are. V.9 reminds me of Psalm 145:15-16. And this song ends with a reminder of God revealing his saving word to us. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for, a lot of reasons to praise our Savior-God.
Psalm 148 calls for all of God’s creation to give him praise. V.14 reminds us of Romans 11:26 where the word “Israel” is used to refer to God’s elect – that is, all believers – not to the ethnic group we call the Jews. The word “Israel” is used that way many times in the Old Testament and several times in the New Testament.
Psalm 149, another song of praise, reminds us to sing a new song to the Lord. That’s why we constantly – in every generation – create new songs that give glory to our God. He is worthy of our creativity, our effort, our time, our praise.
Psalm 150 wraps it up. This psalm possibly was composed to be the conclusion of the book of psalms. Look at the description of different instruments. I remember the days when guitars and drums were frowned upon as instruments in worship. But they are tools that God loves to hear music from that glorifies his name and his works. I wonder if whoever taught me that had ever read Psalm 150?
Thanks for reading along. If you read all the psalms you have finished the book with the most chapters (actually each psalm is its own song…but we can call them chapters). We’ll do another year-long reading starting next September again. Give me a suggestion if you have something in mind.
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