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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 147

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: What Gives God Joy (v 1-20)

Psalms 147 Commentary 

(147:5) God's Understanding - Sometimes we feel as if we don't understand ourselves--what we want, how we feel, what's wrong with us, or what we should do about it. But God's understanding has no limit; therefore, he understands us fully. If you feel troubled and don't understand yourself, remember that God understands you perfectly. Take your mind off yourself and focus it on God. Strive to become more and more like him. The more you learn about God and his ways, the better you will understand yourself. 

(147:10-11) Our Skills - We may spend a lot of time and effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase our strength. Although there is nothing wrong with doing so, and, in fact, our resulting skills can be used to glorify God, that is not what God primarily desires from us. When we use our gifts with no regard for God, they accomplish little of lasting value. Ultimately, God desires our fear (reverence) and trust. When he has those, then he can use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we can imagine. 

(147:9-20) Israel - The people of Israel (the descendants of Jacob) were special to God because he brought his laws to them, and it was through them that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ. Now, since Jesus has come, any individual who follows God is just as special to him. In fact, the Bible says that the real Israel is not a specific people or geographic place but the community of all who believe in and obey God (see Galatians 3:28-20).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Pleasing the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 147. In our text today, we see what pleases our Lord: our worship and obedience. In applying, we see that our obedience brings joy to the Lord. This should motivate us to obey the Bible and put the Lord first, knowing it pleases the Lord. How about you? Are you pleasing the Lord with your Life? Today, let us learn from our Psalm and text to remember that we can satisfy the Lord through genuine obedience, praise, and worship.


Psalm 147

Psalm 147

 1Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

 2The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

 3He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

 4He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

 5Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

 6The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

 7Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

 8Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

 9He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

 10He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

 11The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

 12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.

 13For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

 14He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

 15He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

 16He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.

 17He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?

 18He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

 19He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

 20He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.