Psalms 148:1-6

1 Praise the LORD.[a]Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.

Psalms 148:1-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 148

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 148:1-6 In-Context

1 Praise the LORD.Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,

Cross References 10

  • 1. Psalms 33:2; Psalms 103:1
  • 2. Psalms 19:1; Psalms 69:34; Psalms 150:1
  • 3. Psalms 103:20
  • 4. S 1 Kings 22:19
  • 5. S Psalms 19:1
  • 6. S Deuteronomy 10:14
  • 7. S Genesis 1:7; 1 Kings 8:27
  • 8. Psalms 145:21
  • 9. S Psalms 147:15; Genesis 1:1,6; Psalms 33:6,9
  • 10. Job 38:33; Psalms 89:37; Jeremiah 31:35-36; Jeremiah 33:25

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah" ; also in verse 14
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