“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton
“PRAISE YE THE LORD,” cont’d, Psalm 147:1) Praise Ye The Lord: For It Is Good To Sing praises Unto Our God; For It Is Pleasant; And Praise Is Comely (Attractive). 2) The Lord Doth Build Up Jerusalem: He Gathereth Together the outcasts of Israel. 3) He Healeth The Broken In Heart, And Bindeth Up Their Wounds. Luke 4:18. 4) He Telleth The Number Of The Stars; He Calleth Them All By Their Names. Genesis 15:5; Isaiah 40:26. 5) Great Is Our Lord, And Of Great Power: His Understanding Is Infinite. Nahum 1:3. 6) The Lord Lifteth Up The Meek: He Casteth The Wicked Down To The Ground. Psalm 146:8. 7) Sing Unto The Lord With Thanksgiving; Sing Praise Upon The Harp Unto Our God. 8) Who Covereth The Heaven With Clouds, Who Prepareth Rain For The Earth, Who Maketh Grass To Grow Upon The Mountains. 9) He Giveth To The Beast His Food, And To The Young Ravens Which Cry. 10) He Delighteth Not In The Strength of The Horse: He Taketh Not Pleasure in The legs Of A Man. 11) The Lord Taketh Pleasure In Them That FEAR Him, In Those That Hope In His Mercy.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – Psalm 147 – A Psalm of Descriptive Praise, places a strong emphasis on Creation Themes. This anonymous poem was likely written following the return of the Jewish People to Jerusalem from Babylon captivity (also Psalm 126; 132; 135).
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1 – 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 Gathereth 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 Depth 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 would 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 Suitable And Serious Regard To God Is, In His Sight, Of Very Great Price. We Are Not To Be Doubt Between Hope And Fear, But To Act Under The Gracious Influences Of HOPE And FEAR United.