Psalms 148* The creatures placed in the upper world called on to praisethe Lord. (1-6) Also the creatures of this lower world,especially his own people. (7-14)1-6 We, in this dark and sinful world, know little of theheavenly world of light. But we know that there is above us aworld of blessed angels. They are always praising God, thereforethe psalmist shows his desire that God may be praised in thebest manner; also we show that we have communion with spiritsabove, who are still praising him. The heavens, with allcontained in them, declare the glory of God. They call on us,that both by word and deed, we glorify with them the Creator andRedeemer of the universe. 7-14 Even in this world, dark and bad as it is, God is praised.The powers of nature, be they ever so strong, so stormy, do whatGod appoints them, and no more. Those that rebel against God'sword, show themselves to be more violent than even the stormywinds, yet they fulfil it. View the surface of the earth,mountains and all hills; from the barren tops of some, and thefruitful tops of others, we may fetch matter for praise. Andassuredly creatures which have the powers of reason, ought toemploy themselves in praising God. Let all manner of personspraise God. Those of every rank, high and low. Let us show thatwe are his saints by praising his name continually. He is notonly our Creator, but our Redeemer; who made us a people nearunto him. We may by "the Horn of his people" understand Christ,whom God has exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour, who is indeedthe defence and the praise of all his saints, and will be so forever. In redemption, that unspeakable glory is displayed, whichforms the source of all our hopes and joys. May the Lord pardonus, and teach our hearts to love him more and praise him better
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