Psalm 148

Praising God

All the earth praises God. All His creation joins together in magnifying Him and exalting His greatness. In all of His creation can be seen His magnificence, wisdom, and perfection. Everything works as it should, doing exactly what God intended it to do. The waves lap upon the beach, the tide goes out and comes in, the moon goes on it’s synchronous course, the dark descends and lifts again, animals wake, forage, eat, sleep. Day after day, hour after hour, here and there, everything declares God as perfect and praises His name.

Except us.

In verse 11 we see mankind taking their part in the daily continual praise of God. It is what should be happening, yet it never fully has been.

Since the mistake of Adam and Eve, we are alone in God’s creation to have disobeyed the purpose for which He created us. We daily turn away from the path He has set for us. The sun, moon and stars, the seasons, the cycles of life all condemn us in our obstinacy. Do any of them ever disobey or run off their course?

The song of praise of the whole earth is marred by us. That earth has been waiting for us to join it in praise:

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (Romans 8:19-22 KJV)

We need a new song. The old song is torn and tattered, and ready for disposal. We have spoiled the perfect and harmonious creation of God. In Psalm 149 verse 1 the Psalmist praises God with a new song, a song sung in the assembly of saints.

Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. (Psalm 149:1 KJV)

It is the song sung by the new creation, a people born again and recreated, as we are if we are with Christ. It is those who are humble (v4) and have let go of their old life, embracing in meekness the life lived by grace. These new creatures sing a new song of praise, re-joining with the rest of creation, in one purpose and one common goal, that of Psalm 150 verse 6:

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD!

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