7470 - Praise – Psalm 148

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Do you know why you are here on earth? Do you know what your deep underlying purpose is? Let's answer those questions today.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism was written In the 1640's during the english Reformation. It is a list of 107 questions and answers Intended to help Instruct children in correct doctrine. The most famous of these 107 questions Is the first, "What is the chief end (or purpose) of man?". The answer given is, "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."

Let's look at this first part about glorifying God today. Ephesians 1:12 tells us...

"we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory."

Did you catch that? "We have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory." In this verse I see that I was created and placed here on earth in order, among other things, that I might praise God, the infinite, one and only God, my creator, who loves me with a love which I cannot comprehend with my finite mind.

Psalm 148 is one of many praise Psalms. Let's walk through it together and obey the admonition of Ephesians to praise Him. It begins...

"Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars! Praise Him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For He commanded and they were created. And He established them for ever and ever; He fixed their bounds which cannot be passed."

Notice, praise from the heavens, in the heights of space--these forces are called upon to praise the Lord.

Angels and host of God are first mentioned. We can easily perceive how this is possible. These are beings which are known to communicate.

Then we have sun , moon, stars and the heavens... does this surprise you? It may surprise some because we do not often view these so called inanimate objects as having voice. We view them as lifeless. How can they praise God? Friends, in God's realm it seems every created thing has a voice for expression. Perhaps not a voice capable of being heard by the human ear, but a voice readily evident to God the creator.

Now verses 7-14 read...

"Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy winds fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all the peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord!"

We can pick out the same division in these verses between animate and inanimate objects. Sea creatures, beasts, cattle, birds etc. are plainly animate. They have life and means of communication, and this Psalm proclaims that these creatures should be communicating praise to their heavenly authority, the creator.

But notice; fire, hail, mountains, trees; such things also appear in these forces which are called upon to praise God.

Be sure that you live your life so that you praise God in a greater manner than these inanimate creations. Praise His glory with your life and enjoy Him forever through the gift of His son, Jesus.