Citing from the Law and the Prophets, the author calls people to praise the LORD for his greatness and his faithfulness to his people.
VERSE 1. Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD’s name! Praise him, you servants of the LORD,
servants of the LORD. Some people might imagine this refers to the priests. However, the Psalms usually see all believers as servants of the LORD. And so does the New Testament. People refer to it as “the universal priesthood of all believers.” Here is a famous verse about that:
1 Peter 2:9. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
VERSE 2. you who stand in the LORD’s house, in the courts of our God’s house.
VERSE 3. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good. Sing praises to his name, for that is pleasant.
that is pleasant. Do you find it “pleasant” to praise the LORD?
VERSE 4. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself; Israel for his own possession.
the LORD has chosen Jacob … Israel. The Most High had favored Jacob and Israel by selecting them as his chosen people.
VERSE 5. For I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is above all gods.
VERSE 6. Whatever the LORD pleased, that he has done, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps;
VERSE 7. who causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth; who makes lightnings with the rain; who brings the wind out of his treasuries;
VERSE 8. Who struck the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and animal;
VERSE 9. Who sent signs and wonders into the middle of you, Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants;
VERSE 10. who struck many nations, and killed mighty kings,
VERSE 11. Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
VERSE 12. and gave their land for a heritage, a heritage to Israel, his people.
VERSE 13. Your name, LORD, endures forever; your renown, LORD, throughout all generations.
VERSE 14. For the LORD will judge his people, and have compassion on his servants.
have compassion on his servants. The LORD is famous for his compassion.
VERSE 15. The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
VERSE 16. They have mouths, but they can’t speak. They have eyes, but they can’t see.
they can’t speak. The idols of the nations are powerless.
VERSE 17. They have ears, but they can’t hear; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
VERSE 18. Those who make them will be like them; yes, everyone who trusts in them.
everyone who trusts in them. The idols of the nations are powerless to save people.
VERSE 19. House of Israel, praise the LORD! House of Aaron, praise the LORD!
VERSE 20. House of Levi, praise the LORD! You who fear the LORD, praise the LORD!
VERSE 21. Blessed be the LORD from Zion, Who dwells at Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!
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