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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 148

Verses 1-14

PSALM 148

The whole creation, in its two great divisions, heaven and earth, is called to praise the Lord.

(vv. 1-6) The heavens are called to praise the Lord. The great host of angelic beings are called to praise. Then, descending to creation, the sun, moon, and stars of light add their mead of praise. The highest heavens with the clouds above the lower heavens are called to praise. Let the heavens praise the Lord, for He commanded and they were created, “He spake and it was done” ( Psa_33:9 ). He established the spheres for ever, and decreed their movements from which they will not diverge.

(vv. 7-13) The earth is called to praise the Lord. The sea-monsters and the deep to which they belong; the changing elements, lightning and hail, snow and vapors, and stormy wind fulfilling His Word; the solid mountains and the hills; the trees and animal creation, are all called to praise. Lastly man, the crown of the earthly scene - kings and peoples, men and maidens, old and young - are called to join in praising the One whose Name alone is exalted, and His glory above the earth and heavens.

(v. 14) In all this scene of earthly praise, rising from the children of men, Israel will ever have a special place as a people near unto the Lord. For this high privilege the call goes out to Israel, “Praise ye the Lord.”

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 148". "Smith's Writings". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-148.html. 1832.