Thursday 11 June, 2015

Psalm 147

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. 6 The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. 8 He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. 10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. 12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion. 13 He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. 14 He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. 15 He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. 16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. 17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? 18 He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 19 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. 20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws. Praise the Lord.

I’m loving this psalm, what an active God we have & our Psalmist gives many reasons why we should sing praise to the Lord. He gives, He stirs, He satisfies, He keeps, He blesses, He provides, He supplies, He gives, He heals, He gathers and many more. There is something in this psalm for everyone to be able to sing about.

The 1st verse is the one that has captured me this week as I’ve been meditating on it. “How good it is to sing praises to our God.” I have begun to do this just in my everyday & it has lifted my heart, it has taken my eyes to a different place, settled my mind from my stresses and re-focused me. What brilliant wisdom it is to sing praises to our God!

Thank you Father, you know what we need, something as simple as singing praise to you can turn our whole day around. Thank you for the simplicity of praise.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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