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Summary: 1. Things Celestial (angels, sun, moon, stars, etc) Give Praise to the Lord. 2. Things Terrestrial (here on earth) Give Praise to the Lord

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May 12, 2004

Title: Psalm 148: Things Celestial and Things Terrestrial Praising the Lord

Text: Psalm 148

Introduction

1. A sheep rancher in the remote mountains of Idaho found that his violin was out of tune, …

• He tried and tried to make the violin sound like it should…

• But without a tuning pitch, he was unable to get it right.

• He was a frequent listener to a radio station in California,

• So, he wrote the station concerning his problem,

• And he asked them--at a certain hour and a certain minute on a certain day-- to strike the right note for him.

• And they did!

• They stopped everything else,

• They silenced all other sounds for a moment, …

• Then they struck that note.

• And, In his shepherd’s hut in the distant mountains, …

• the shepherd heard that sound, …

• and from that single note he put his instrument into tune again.

• That’s why we are here tonight…

• This is a special time to get in touch with God….

• We need to listen for the note…the perfect pitch…

• So that we can keep our hearts in tune. (source unknown)

• Our lives get out of tune sometimes, don’t they?...

• Listen to God’s voice tonight…

• He is sounding the note…

• And if you listen…

• And adjust your life to His note…

• Then your life will come back into tune with Him.

2. As we continue our study of the Psalms, we turn our attention to Psalm 148.

Psalm 148 is a beautiful picture of praising and worshiping the Lord.

• This Psalm contains 2 stanzas of glorious praise for God…

• With each stanza ending with the reason for that praise.

• As Spurgeon says in the “Treasury of David”…

• “as a flash of lightning flames through space, and enwraps b oth heaven and earth in one vestment of glory, so doth the adoration of the Lord in this Psalm light up all the universe and cause it to glow with a radiance of praise”. (1.)

Read Text: Psalm 148:1-14

1. Things Celestial Praising God vs. 1-6

A. In our study of the Purpose Driven Life…

• We’ve learned that our first purpose in life is to worship God…

• Here in this first stanza, we see that this doesn’t just apply to us, as human beings…

• But the purpose of all created things above the earth…

• Is to praise the Lord.

• The Psalmist starts out by simply saying “Praise the Lord”…

• In those 3 words, David sums up the whole of the message of Psalm 148.

• But, not content to leaven it at that, he goes in to more detail…

• “Praise the Lord from the heavens…

• And from the heights above” Vs 1.

• This is an all inclusive statement that everything above the earth shall praise the Lord.

B. But then, the Psalmist gets even more specific about the praise…

• He mentions that the angels and the heavenly hosts…

• They should lift up their voices in praise…

• And we see throughout Scripture that they have indeed lifted up their voices in praise…

Luke 2:13 says, “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God”

• John describes the sounds of the heavenly hosts praising God in Revelation 19:6-7, when he writes, “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!”


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