Psalms 147:1

1 Praise the LORD.[a]How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Psalms 147:1 in Other Translations

1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
1 Praise the LORD ! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!
1 Hallelujah! It's a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
1 Hallelujah! How good it is to sing to our God, for praise is pleasant and lovely.

Psalms 147:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 147:1

Praise ye the Lord
When he shall reign, as Kimchi connects this psalm with the preceding; the arguments used to engage men to this work are taken partly from the nature of it, as in the next clauses; and partly from what the Lord is and does, as in the following verses; for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God;
it being agreeably to his revealed will, what he enjoins, approves of, and accepts, and is profitable to his people, as well as makes his glory; see ( Psalms 92:1 ) . Some render it, "because [he is] good", as in ( Psalms 106:1 ) ( 107:1 ) ; but the accents, and what follows, will not admit of this sense; for it [is] pleasant;
to our God; with which the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, join this clause; the sacrifice of praise is more pleasing to the Lord than any ceremonial sacrifice, especially when offered from a grateful heart in the name of Christ, and with a view to his glory; and it is pleasant to saints themselves, when grace is in exercise, and they make melody in their hearts to the Lord; [and] praise is comely:
is due to the Lord, and becomes his people to give it to him; it is but their reasonable service, and a beautiful and lovely sight it is to see the chosen, redeemed, and called of the Lamb, harping with their harps, and singing the song of redeeming love.

Psalms 147:1 In-Context

1 Praise the LORD.How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Cross References 2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah" ; also in verse 20
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