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Psalm 148 calls all the parts of the created order to praise the LORD. The name used for God in the Psalm is the very particular personal name used for God in the Old Testament, not applied to any of the other deities in the world. There is no area of the created world that is not to praise God. The exhortation goes from inanimate objects, like stars and rocks, to animate objects, both plant and animal. Kings and princes are addressed along with livestock, children, and old people.
Why is there this interest in singing the praise of the particular LORD? Several reasons are given in the Psalm. He created and sustains all by his command. He is the majestic one. He has “raised up a horn,” saving his people by protecting them and rescuing them from enemies.
In these last days, Christians recognize Jesus, God the Son, as the member of the Trinity most closely involved in speaking the world into existence. He is identified as the “Word” of God. He is the one who has conquered death itself, showing himself a the resurrected Lord. This is all the more reason to sing his praises. It’s a very specific Lord who has provided a very specific kind of salvation. And it’s for all creation, everyone who believes.
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