Psalms 148

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1 1Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD 2from the heavens; praise him 3in the heights!
2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his 4hosts!
3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you 5highest heavens, and you 6waters above the heavens!
5 7Let them praise the name of the LORD! For 8he commanded and they were created.
6 And he 9established them forever and ever; he gave 10a decree, and it shall not 11pass away.[a]
7 Praise the LORD 12from the earth, you 13great sea creatures and all deeps,
8 14fire and hail, 15snow and mist, 16stormy wind 17fulfilling his word!
9 18Mountains and all hills, 19fruit trees and all 20cedars!
10 21Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and 22flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and 23all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
13 24Let them praise the name of the LORD, for 25his name alone is exalted; 26his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has 27raised up a horn for his people, 28praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are 29near to him. 30Praise the LORD!

Psalms 148 Commentary

Chapter 148

The creatures placed in the upper world called on to praise the Lord. (1-6) Also the creatures of this lower world, especially his own people. (7-14)

Verses 1-6 We, in this dark and sinful world, know little of the heavenly world of light. But we know that there is above us a world of blessed angels. They are always praising God, therefore the psalmist shows his desire that God may be praised in the best manner; also we show that we have communion with spirits above, who are still praising him. The heavens, with all contained in them, declare the glory of God. They call on us, that both by word and deed, we glorify with them the Creator and Redeemer of the universe.

Verses 7-14 Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God is praised. The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, do what God appoints them, and no more. Those that rebel against God's word, show themselves to be more violent than even the stormy winds, yet they fulfil it. View the surface of the earth, mountains and all hills; from the barren tops of some, and the fruitful tops of others, we may fetch matter for praise. And assuredly creatures which have the powers of reason, ought to employ themselves in praising God. Let all manner of persons praise God. Those of every rank, high and low. Let us show that we are his saints by praising his name continually. He is not only our Creator, but our Redeemer; who made us a people near unto him. We may by "the Horn of his people" understand Christ, whom God has exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, who is indeed the defence and the praise of all his saints, and will be so for ever. In redemption, that unspeakable glory is displayed, which forms the source of all our hopes and joys. May the Lord pardon us, and teach our hearts to love him more and praise him better.

Cross References 30

  • 1. [See Psalms 147:20 above]
  • 2. [ver. 7]; See Psalms 69:34
  • 3. Matthew 21:9
  • 4. See Psalms 103:20, 21
  • 5. Psalms 68:33; Deuteronomy 10:14; Nehemiah 9:6; See 1 Kings 8:27
  • 6. Genesis 1:7
  • 7. ver. 13
  • 8. See Psalms 33:6, 9
  • 9. Psalms 119:90, 91
  • 10. [Job 28:26; Jeremiah 31:35, 36; Jeremiah 33:25]
  • 11. [Psalms 104:9; Esther 1:19; Job 14:5]
  • 12. [ver. 1]
  • 13. [Genesis 1:21]; See Psalms 74:13
  • 14. Psalms 18:12; Psalms 105:32
  • 15. Psalms 147:16
  • 16. Psalms 107:25
  • 17. Psalms 103:20; See Psalms 147:15-18
  • 18. Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 55:12
  • 19. Genesis 1:11
  • 20. Psalms 104:16
  • 21. Genesis 1:24
  • 22. Genesis 1:20, 21
  • 23. [Revelation 7:9]
  • 24. ver. 5
  • 25. Psalms 8:1
  • 26. See Psalms 113:4
  • 27. See 1 Samuel 2:1
  • 28. [Deuteronomy 10:21; Jeremiah 17:14]
  • 29. Deuteronomy 4:7; Ephesians 2:17
  • 30. See Psalms 135:1

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or it shall not be transgressed

Chapter Summary


This psalm seems to have been written about the same time, and by the same person, as the preceding; even by the psalmist David, when he was in profound peace, and at rest from all his enemies; and the kingdom of Israel was in a well settled and prosperous condition, both with respect to things civil and ecclesiastical, as appears from Ps 148:14. And as it may respect future time, the times of the Messiah, of whom David was a type, it will have its accomplishment in the latter day, when there will be just occasion for all creatures, in heaven and earth, to praise the Lord; and which the Evangelist John, in vision, saw and heard them doing, Re 5:11-13. Aben Ezra says, this psalm is exceeding glorious and excellent, and has deep secrets in it; in which the psalmist speaks of two worlds, the upper and the lower. As for the title of this psalm, the Septuagint, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, and Apollinarius, entitle it as the two preceding.

Psalms 148 Commentaries

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