April 23, Reading 2 – Psalm 148, 149, 150

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SAA Notes

The Psalter closes with three hallelujah psalms. Hallelujah is the first word in each. What attribute of God or of his character strikes you in these psalms today?

SJA Notes

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”

Here at the end of the book of Psalms we are faced with a clear exhortation – It is _good_ for us to praise our Lord God.

Hallelujah is the word – PRAISE THE LORD!

How wonderful these three psalms are, these songs and prayers of praise.

They show us what praise means, how to praise, and who should be praising God.

It is important to note that creation itself praises God – That fire and hail, snow and mist and the stormy wind all fulfil God’s word.

Jesus bears witness to this truth in Luke chapter 19. The disciples were rejoicing in praise of Jesus as God. The Pharisees did not like this, and called Jesus out.

Jesus replied,

“I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

Creation itself testifies to God, creation praises our Lord. Creation sings HALLELUJAH!

And so as God’s people we are to do the same.

Let us be encouraged to praise God, to magnify His Name – Through all our circumstance in each day, whether weary or full of promise. That the praise of God is on our lips even in the wildest storm.

* Father God,

We praise You Lord from the earth, we join with creation and sing Your praise – Hallelujah!

We praise You for Your mighty deeds, for Your excellent greatness.

Thank You Lord for calling us as Your people.

Amen.

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