Text: Ps 147:1 “Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.”
( Acts 20:9 “And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.)
Subject: The reason for my Praise
Introduction: The Psalms are the voice of the church and have often been referred to as the Hymn book of the Temple.
Some are called the Messianic Psalms: these record the life, death, resurrection, glory, priesthood, kingship and return of Christ.
Some have been called the Imprecatory Psalms; these were derived from a time of war, written by a people who were under the Law, looking for justice and peace on Earth.
Other types of Psalm include the Penitential, historic, nature, Pilgrim, Missionary, Puritan and acrostic Psalms.
In this book, God is not spoken of as “A father,” but he is called “God the Father.”
And of the 219 quotations of the Old Testament found in the New Testament, 116 of them are found in the book of Psalms.
The key word in this book is Hallelujah
Its superscriptions are both musical and historical
The Psalms display primarily three types of Poetry found in the book of Psalms: and they are Antithetical, Synthetic and Ascending parallelism.
Superscriptions: are both historical and musical; for example:
116 of the Psalms—include either a historical or musical heading. The former gives us the situation in which the psalmist found himself when he sat down to write. The first of these is Psalm 3, which says, “a Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.” The latter gives instructions on how the psalm was to be played.
Selahs represent Hebrew Punctuations which are to respected but not read: The word ‘Selah’ appears seventy-four times in forty psalms. This word signifies a pause or interlude. It may have been used to inform musicians to change instruments or to call for both musicians and listeners to ponder the truth that had been sung.
In other words, “Selah” is to Hebrews as the period, comma, or colon is to English grammar.
but tonight we want to focus on its Praise.
There are five divisions of the book and its five concluding stanzas present us with a quintessence of Praise:
In other words, the last five stanzas of the book, Psalms 146-150 begin and conclude with the words, “Praise Ye the Lord.”
The first eight Psalms speak of man in a state of blessedness, Failure and recovery but the last five speak of man and his praise to God for what he has done.
Psalm 1 – we find a blessed Man: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…”
Psalm 2 – we find a rebellious man: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?”
Psalm 3 – we find a perfect man rejected: “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me.”
Psalm 4 – There is conflict between the seed and the serpent: “Hear me when I call…thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress.”
Psalm 5 – we find a perfect man in the midst of his enemies: “Give ear to my words O Lord, and consider my meditation…”
Psalm – 6 we find a perfect man being chastised: “O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.”
Psalm - 7 man in the midst of false witnesses: a cry for revenge: “O Lord, my God, in thee do I put my trust…”
Psalm 8 –Man recognizes God for who he is: O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth…”
But Psalm 146 has a salutation at (verse 1) and a signature at (verse 10).
Psalm 147 has an initiation at (verse 1) and a termination at (verse 20).
Psalm 148 has a commencement and a conclusion at (verse 14).
Psalm 149 has a beginning at (verse 1) and an ending at (verse 9).
Psalm 150 has a prologue at (verse 1) and an epilogue at (verse 6).
But within the dialogue of Psalm 147, you will find that it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God, it is pleasant and it is comely.
And contrary to popular opinion, the Bible does not speak of multiple levels of praise, but it simply tells us that it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.
Now the Bible speaks of only four good things:
92 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace;
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth;
but Peter reminds us that we are:
Chosen, Royal, Holy and Peculiar…
1 Peter 2:9
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
In conclusion, there is a reason for my praise:
· You see the glory but, you just don’t know the story.
· There’s a reason I have a don’t care praise:
· I don’t care how you look at me
· I don’t care what you think
· I don’t care what you say
· I don’t care how you respond
· Because you didn’t wake me up this morning
· He did
· He brought me out of the miry clay
· He placed my feet on a rock to stay
· He put a song in my mouth
· A song of praises hallelujah