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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 147

he people of God are exhorted to praise him for his mercies and care. (1-11) For the salvation and prosperity of the church. (12-20)

Verses 1-11: Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely; it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people in covenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, and will bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom God heals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace, assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let others praise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God's knowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while he telleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he will not leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull and melancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore no fruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights not in things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious and suitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. We are not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act under the gracious influences of hope and fear united.

Verses 12-20: The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, (Joh 3:8). Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.

David 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 Psalm with Chapter 147. In our text today we see theme of what pleases our Lord, our worship and obedience. In making application 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? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that we can please 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.