In the closing handful of psalms, David and the other writers focus on an important aspect of not only corporate worship, but of all worship of God: they wrote a series of PRAISE psalms. These weren’t empty praises either. These were specific, heartfelt songs to God, not empty emotionalism. As my friend and fellow pastor Zack Thurman always says, “Worship is when you set your heart’s affection AND mind’s attention on who God is and what He’s done.” That seems to be what the psalmist does in 148, and this example is definitely something we want to emulate.
The psalm is rich in its content. Specifically, it talks about praising God as Creator and Sustainer of all things. Most of the verses tie to creation and God’s handiwork. And yet, the psalmist evokes us — the central focus of God’s creation — to join the party! Plus, there is a hint of foreshadowing here on the bigger picture of God’s redemption story.
This ESV commentary note sums it up well:
This hymn of praise calls on all of God’s creatures to join in praising him: from the heavenly hosts, to the heavenly bodies, to the inhabitants of sea and land, to all mankind. The concluding note, regarding God’s special people Israel, may refer to some particular event such as the return from exile, or it may be a more general reference to the protection God has given his people; in either case, God’s favor for Israel is put into the larger context of his plan to bring light to all mankind through Israel. — ESV Study Bible
What praise do you have to offer the Lord today? Be specific. What about God’s character makes you want to lift Him high? What attribute of Jesus causes you to adore Him? What has He done that makes your heart leap out of your chest? Let’s fill our comment section today with masses of praise to our Almighty Creator God!
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor