Psalm 147

The Lord builds up Jerusalem
The second of what are called "hallelujah psalms. The Lord is healer, provider, restorer and controller of all. Thus all should praise Him!
 1 ¶ Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
.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.
 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.
 6  The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
  2 - Builds up Jerusalem The first of three characteristics of God.
  3 - The second characteristic is mercy, described in v2b as well as here.
  4 - He telleth [counts] the number of the stars And knows their names! The author here could see only a tiny fraction of the heavenly bodies in the universe we know. The Lord is God of nature, the third characteristic. These are seen elsewhere in the psalm.
  5 - Understanding ... infinite Now we see a characteristic of God which is one of three others, on a larger scale. The word for all knowing is omniscient. The other two in this set are omnipresent, and omnipotent (all powerful).
  6 - Meek Compare mt0505.
 7  Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
 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.
 10  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
 11  The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
  7 - Sing unto the Lord We are drawn to praise Him following the first verses.
 12 ¶ 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.
 14  He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
 15  He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
 16  He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
  12 - Praise The Septuagint begins a new psalm at this point. We have a definite break with the new call to praise, but we continue to see the wonderful thing the Lord does to make us happy.
 17  He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
 18  He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
 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.
  20 - Not dealt so with any nation Not that He ever considered the other people less precious ac1034. At times the people He called drew close to Him and He was able to bless them. See the rest of the verse.

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