Read 125.) Psalms 139, 145, 148 and 150. The last of the 36 Psalms of Joy and Praise, as we count them. Psalm 139 is a favorite among believers. Beyond the transcendence of God, the idea that He is everywhere, and beyond and above all the creation; this one goes to His immanence, and that idea that He is also as close as the very air we breathe, and that He loves us, and wants each one of us to know Him, and to walk with Him each day. Among this psalm’s favorite verses are 7 and 14, but especially the last two, verses 23 and 24; ending with, “Lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 145: My wife’s favorite of them all! And, why wouldn’t it be? Read this one right out loud. The very doing so will lift your spirits! While its theme is obviously high praise of the Lord, don’t miss its scope, as that is eternity, since it speaks of for ever and ever at its beginning and end, and goes to His Kingdom right in the middle, with verses 11 thru 13. Yes, this is a favorite, and one of the chief reasons is, no doubt, verse 18. Be one of them who call on Him, sincerely, and in truth! Praise His holy name!
Psalm 148: Fourteen verses from we know not who, it opens and closes with Praise the Lord! It commands all that is in heaven to praise the Lord, and then the command goes forth that all that is in the earth should praise the Lord. As with 145, it’s best to read it right out loud, and to just ‘feel’ what it raises up from within you! This is exaltation. It is exhilaration! You can feel what the psalmist was feeling 3,000 years ago, as the Spirit of God was giving him these words. Praise the Lord! Don’t overlook verse 14, where it speaks of a horn. This is an expression for power, and though it may likely refer to the king, and, probably, in this case, David; it may very well also have a future and further look to the One who was to come, and may be a reference to Messiah, as well! Psalm 150: The entire Book of Psalms closes with this one, right here. These 6 verses, as with Psalms 146 thru 149, all open with, “Praise the Lord!” The high note of praise unto the Lord, extends right on through all of the last 5 psalms. As 145 is an all-time favorite, you could read 145 thru 150 aloud and sense an ecstasy by the time you finish them. They were penned to minister, and they still do so to this day! To think that the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath and of judgment only, or overmuch, would be to ignore all the words that go to His great faithfulness and lovingkindness, which are extolled in the Psalms, and are always in perfect balance within His nature. Praise the Lord! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell