Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Psalm 147 provides a host of reasons why believers must praise the LORD. The psalm begins and ends with the same phrase which ties the psalm together as a unit: Praise the LORD (הַ֥לְלוּ יָ֙הּ). This phrase also occurs in v.12 as well which divides the psalm into halves.

I. Your Duty Is To Praise the LORD! (vv.1, 12, 20b)

II. The Reasons Why You Must Praise the LORD! (vv.2-11; 13-20a)

The reasons include but are not limited to the following:
1. The Lord builds and gathers His people (v.2)
2. The Lord heals and binds up the wounded & brokenhearted (v.3)
3. The Lord counts the stars & gives all of them names! (v.4) [**let your mind ponder this thought for a while**]
4. The Lord's wisdom & understanding is infinite (v.5)
5. The Lord exalts the humble and humbles the prideful (v.6)
6. The Lord provides food & rain upon the earth for His creatures (vv.7ff)
7. The Lord is the one who gives snow like wool (v.16)
8. The Lord sends His word and can melt the ice and cold (vv.17-18)

These are just a *few* reasons why you and I must worship the LORD. God's Word compels us to come and consider the magnificence of God and worship Him in response to who He is!



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