Good morning / evening (depending on when you read this) Center Point family and Jumpstart readers. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Psalms this summer as much as I have. The psalms reflect the full range of human emotions from tremendous joy & praise to deep despair & agony. Psalm 147 is all about PRAISE! Some Bible historians believe it was written after the return from Babylonian captivity and read, or sung, upon the completion and dedication of the temple. There are three parts in the psalm:
- Verses 1-6 — God’s power in Israel and Babylon and in the skies above.
- Verses 7-11 — God’s power on the earth with plants and animals.
- Verses 12-20 — God’s power in giving his people what they need.
As I meditated on this psalm I was struck by the powerful words used to describe our God: rebuilder, healer, powerful, understanding, supporter, provider, giver, sender, and satisfier. God is indeed the only thing worthy of our complete devotion and praise.
v.6a) The Lord supports the humble.
v.10) He takes no pleasure in human might.
v.11) The Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
These verses spoke to my heart today. We live in a world that often praises the proud, mighty, and “intellectuals” who deny the very existence of God. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the scriptures say, “He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.” 1st Corinthians 3:19
How did God speak to you today through Psalm 147? Please use the comment section so that others can be blessed and encouraged by your insights.
By: Mike Pepper — Leadership Team