December 27, 2017

Psalm 147:10-11

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Praise God For Hope And His Unfailing Love.

CONTEXT & OVERVIEW

Psalms 145-150: Psalms of Praise.
Psalm 147: Praise to God for His Word and Providence.

The last five psalms of the psalter all begin and end with 
"Praise the Lord," which translates the Hebrew hallelujah. [Believer's 
SB re Psa. 146:1] 

These last five psalms overflow with praise. Each begins and 
ends with "Praise the LORD." They show us where, why, and how to 
praise God. What does praise do? (1) Praise takes our minds off our 
problems and shortcomings, and focuses them on God. (2) Praise leads us 
from individual meditation to corporate worship. (3) Praise causes us 
to consider and appreciate God's character. (4) Praise lifts our 
perspective from the earthly to the heavenly. [Life Application SB re Psa. 
146-150] 

   Praising the Lord is the highest exercise of your faculties. 
He is worthy of praise, and you should praise Him whether or not 
you think your praise is accomplishing anything in your life. 
However, there are some blessings that come to those who worship Him in 
truth. 
   Praise brings spiritual beauty to God's people (v. 1; Pss. 
27:4, 29:2; 149:4). It builds His work and unifies His people (v. 2). 
It heals the inner person (v. 3) and lifts the fallen (v. 6). 
Praise is good medicine! 
Praise makes God's world real and personal to you (vv. 7-9, 
15-18), even the storms; and it is great protection against the enemy 
(vv. 12-14). Praise pleases the Lord and enables Him to work in your 
life (vv. 10-11). 
   Praise must never become a pragmatic device for getting 
blessing from God. When you sincerely praise Him, the blessing will come. 
Praise changes things--and people. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary 
by Warren Wiersbe re Psa. 147] 

COMMENTARY APPLICATION

He delights not in the mighty but in anyone who trusts Him. 
[Bible Knowledge Commentary] 

The advantages afforded by the strength of the horse or the 
agility of man do not incline God to grant his favor; those who fear and 
trust him are the ones who obtain his aid. [Jamieson, Fausset, And 
Brown Commentary] 

We spend much effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase 
our strength. There is nothing wrong with doing so, and, in fact, 
our gifts can be used to glorify God. But when we use our skills 
with no regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our 
'fear' (reverence) and trust that God desires. When he has those, then 
he will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we 
can imagine. [Life Application SB] 

There is always hope when God is brought into the picture, 
because there is nothing greater than God's power. He is able to provide 
for all our needs and is never overwhelmed by the problems or 
dependencies that we call our enemies. [Life Recovery SB] 

   I tried to have a sense of humor in dealing with life. But 
laughter had become more difficult as I lost the ability to walk and move 
about as I once did, My husband bought me a wheelchair so it would be 
easier to go shopping at the mall, visit the zoo with the 
grandchildren, and wait in line to vote. My biggest hindrance to using the 
chair was my pride; I didn't want others to see me stuck in a 
wheelchair. Worst of all, I felt that my increasing inability to walk and 
stand (the result of severe arthritis and fibromyalgia) was hindering 
my ability to serve God. Didn't he want me to glorify him in humble 
service? 
   Then, in July 2005, I read Psalm 147, and verses 10-11 
changed my whole attitude. Now I realize that to God, the most important 
thing is not physical strength but what is in my heart. Am I thinking 
about God or myself? I can think about God whether I'm sitting, doing 
cartwheels, or standing on my head--chair or no chair. Wheel away! 
   Alice McGhee, a writer and Bible teacher, lives in Littleton, 
Colorado, with her husband, Ken, and enjoys sewing, playing with her 
grandchildren, and singing in the choir. [The One Year Bible Live Verse 
Devotional re vv. 10, 11] 

   I loved seeing my little grandson Noah as he watched 
snowflakes twirling from the sky, patted our dog's black, furry coat, and 
later folded his hands and bowed his red head to say thank you to God 
for his peanut butter sandwich. He is aware and alive, and his 
wonder was contagious. Kids are full of wonder, amazement, and awe. 
Many of us adults, however, have lost our sense of wonder and awe. So 
God gives us psalms such as this one. They draw us from our ho-hum 
existence that takes such things as rainbows, snowflakes, and sunrises for 
granted back to a childlike wonder of our great God who fills the sky 
with clouds, sends the snow like white wool, and hurls hail like 
stones. He created everything and possesses all power yet cares for the 
weak and brokenhearted. He calls the stars by name yet supports the 
humble. He reigns over all creation yet delights in the simple, 
heartfelt devotion of those who trust him. His understanding is beyond 
human comprehension. Surely a God like this can inspire our wonder and 
awe! Meditate today on the amazing greatness of God, and find your 
own words to sing his praise. 
   God Of Wonder, I am in awe of your creation, your power, and 
your compassion. I sing out my praise to you. Your understanding is 
beyond comprehension! Your power is absolute! How good it is to sing 
praises to my God! How delightful and how right! Praise the Lord! 
[Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re vv. 1-5] 

Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new 
enjoyment of life ... Let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and 
glorious a creator. William Law (1686-1761) 
Categories: Freedom From Fear

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