Psalm 148

Praise from the hosts of heaven; nature fulfills His word
The third hallelujah psalm. See the introduction for psalm 146.
 1 ¶ Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
.2  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
 3  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
 4  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
  4 - Heavens of heavens Perhaps the dwelling place of God in comparison to the sky.
.5  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
 6  He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
  5 - He commanded ... created Similar to ps3706-9.
7 ¶ Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
 8  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
 9  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
 10  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
 11  Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
 12  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
  7 - Dragons First in ge0121. It appears that the Hebrew word refers to large sea creatures in contrast to ordinary fish.
  8 - Vapour Also translated: "smoke," "mist," "clouds," etc.
 13  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
 14  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.
  14 - Horn of his people Their power or leadership. Horns are symbols of a beast's power.

The literary pattern of this psalm

Praise from heaven

Praise ye the Lord (1a)
     Praise from angels (2) - Praise from nature in the heavens (3, 4)
     Reasons for praise: His act of creation; He established all (5, 6a)

            He made a permanent decree [everlasting covenant] (6b)

Praise from earth

     Praise from nature on earth (7-10) -  Praise from humans (11, 12)
     Reasons for praise: For His godly ones [recreated into His likeness] (14a)
Praise ye the Lord (14b)

The pattern isn't as simple as some because it is both linear and chiastic.
You and I may praise Him, too. What a privilege!


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