Thursday, November 15, 2007

Psalms 148-150

One of the things that I struggle with in my life is that I am easily distracted. There are times when it is situational and with a bit of effort or intelligence (i.e. note-taking in church) that it is very manageable.

There are other times when I can't focus on what I'm supposed to be doing it seems for the life of me, or at least without a huge amount of effort. I find this particularly frustrating when it happens when I'm trying to do my devotions or just simply to pray to my heavenly Father. Makes me want to just scream ARGH!!!!!!!... Mind you, doing that in a quiet house, early in the morning would lend itself to other frustrations..... But we won't go there. :)

This was the situation this morning, still having a hard time focusing on what needs to be done, and what I need within me to do (my devotions). So I will choose this morning to not force myself to think too deeply but rather share these Psalms with you.

I read through these this morning....several times I might add before it was like...oh...these are Psalms of praise. The book of Psalms closed off with three lovely songs of praise to our Lord God.
148 seems to focus on his creation.
149 seems to focus on his people
150 seems to focus on God and how we can praise him through music

I know, not a lot of depth this morning, but God's word is more important than mine anyways.
Enjoy his word. :)

Psalm 148

1 Praise the LORD!Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!

3Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
4Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD!
For he commanded and they were created.
6And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

7Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!

9 Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!

11Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the LORD!

Psalm 149

1 Praise the LORD!Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
2Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
3Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
4For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation.
5Let the godly exult in glory;
let them sing for joy on their beds.
6Let the high praises of God be in their throats
and two-edged swords in their hands,
7to execute vengeance on the nations
and punishments on the peoples,
8to bind their kings with chains
and their nobles with fetters of iron,
9to execute on them the judgment written!
This is honor for all his godly ones.
Praise the LORD!

Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD!Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

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