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Psalm 147

1. Praise Yahweh

Several Psalms open with the call to praise Yahweh; not because He needs our praise, or is in some way dependant upon the admiration and approval of mere mortals, but because the very expression of praise develops a believer's understanding and appreciation of God. Praise also acts as a lesson to hearers, most of whom are unaware of the Almighty's love, His willingness to help and His generous offer of eternal life. In other words, we praise the Most High as a form of thankfulness and as a testimony to others in need of salvation.
verse 1 "For it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely."

2. Yahweh's Works

The Most High is a worker, His Son is a worker, and every true believer ought to be a worker too. The most important work Yahweh is engaged in is specified in this Psalm. It is the work of salvation!
verse 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3: He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Note: Bear in mind that this psalm was written before the Babylonian captivity; before Jerusalem had been levelled to the ground. It portrays Yahweh's work on His spiritual capital. It represents His overall involvement with His subjects, their welfare and their future. The LORD doth (present tense) build Jerusalem. And part of that work is to: 'Heal the broken hearted and bind up the spiritually wounded.'

3. Yahweh's Knowledge / Power

Though simultaneously performing countless millions of physical and spiritual operations throughout the mighty universe, the Almighty is nevertheless keenly interested in the personal progress and welfare of every member of the human race. His knowledge and power is measureless and breath-taking.
verse 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
5: Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

4. Yahweh's Other Activities

verse 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9: He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
In other words, all the while He is building Zion (His church) and overseeing the lives of countless millions of humans and angels, the Almighty is also controlling the climate and catering for the individual needs of innumerable creatures on this planet and throughout space. Here indeed is awesome power, endless involvement and matchless love.

5. Yahweh's Characteristics

Though of infinite worth and virtually infinite goodness, the Most High is a very humble Being. Because of His humility, we may be sure that there are traits in His character, His ability and His worth which He has not revealed to anyone. This is typical of all humble people. They do not proclaim their own worth and achievements: if anything they play them down. Yahweh's esteem for the trait of humility must, therefore, mean that He is infinitely better than we can imagine. His abhorrence of pride makes this fact obvious.

6. Yahweh's Blessing

The Most High is an extremely generous person. His love goes way beyond His mercy - which itself is a beautiful trait - into the arena of blessing. We use the word blessing because it means a 'bounteous bestowal of all things that are good.' Note the extent of Yahweh's blessing on His people (symbolised by Zion in Jerusalem).
verse 13 : Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 13: For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

In other words He has re-enforced the defences of His people - our minds and our souls. He has given us confidence and strength against doubt and fear. Countless believers can testify to the truth of this statement. Yes, the Most High certainly blesses the offspring of the saved.
verse 14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

Mankind desperately wants Peace. But, alas! politicians and people alike don't seem to realise that peace is a spiritual product which God alone can produce in a person or nation. It begins in the individual's heart, spreads to the family, overflows to the community and influences everyone with whom we come in contact.

"He maketh peace in thy borders."

7. Yahweh's Law

Second only to the gift of Yeshua the Messiah, comes the gift of Yahweh's Law.

This priceless possession is given to Jacob (Israel), the one who wrestled with God and won His blessing. Every believer is included in this verse, because everyone who wrestles with God, everyone who accepts Jesus Christ by faith is an Israelite (Gal.3:7&29, Romans 2:29). This is a unique privilege in the commonwealth of nations.
verse 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20: He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
An understanding of Yahweh's law and the spiritual power necessary to keep it, is - second to the gift of Jesus - the greatest gift Yahweh has given mankind. If you have faith in the Saviour, this great gift can be yours, no matter which nation you come from.

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Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
Placed on Internet Dec.1995 ... Updated with KJV references July 1999