Meditations-Psalm 147- ‘In His Mercy’

 

In the creation  account we read God named the firmament that He made, heaven; so did He the earth, where He separated  Seas and Land.  Names that He called each because His Power and Wisdom established already what went into each, which the Psalmist describes in the v.4 ‘ He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.’ In the case of the man we note that God breathed into him first and made him a living soul. Only then he was allowed to name His creation. Of Eve it was the man who named her. So on the earth it was His breath that equipped him to be His steward. Truth written in his inward parts points to the eternal word already established so names are indicative of sovereignty of the Word. ‘The Word was God and was with God.’

In vv.15-19 we see His mercy working as foreordained by the everlasting covenant where a Lamb slain before foundation of the world is a sign that shall never change. ‘He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly(v.15). The imagery of ice and the word melting them is cyclical signifying His mercy and Judgment equally are in full flow.

What is our confidence? ”The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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