Psalm 147 Under God's care


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Psalm 147 1 Praise the Lord.[a]
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.
8 He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call.
10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
who put their hope in his unfailing love.
12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
praise your God, Zion.
13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
his laws and decrees to Israel.

20 He has done this for no other nation;
they do not know his laws.[b]
Praise the Lord.

a. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
b. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them

Before opening the commentary... I think verse 19 is important. God changed Jacob's name to Israel. That's a pretty intimate thing to do... changing someone's name.

This is from

Psalm 147: If the previous psalm is individualistic, this psalm forms an appropriate contrast with its emphasis on communal praise. The three sections of the psalm are clearly discernible since each is initiated with a call to praise (verses 1, 7, 12), and then followed by a cause for praise;​
(1) Because the Lord delivers the oppressed (verses 2-6);​
(2) Because the Lord provides for the faithful (verses 8-11); and​
(3) Because the Lord especially protects Israel (verses 13-20).​
Verses 1-20 (see note on Psalm 146:1-10). This seems to be a post-Exilic psalm (compare verses 2-3), which might have been used to celebrate the rebuilt walls of Jerusalem (compare verses 2, 13; Neh. 12:27, 43). The hard questions that God posed to Job (Job chapters 38 to 41), and Israel (Isa. Chapter 40), the psalmist here turns into declarations worthy of praise. (Verses 1, 7, 12), each introduce a stanza of praise in this 3-part hymn. (Verses 2, 3, 19, 20), specifically spake of God’s involvement with Israel.
Well... it is communal... the whole nation of Israel.... not just David.... but the whole nation is praising.

This is from the easy English site.

Verses 19 - 20 end the psalm. They tell us that only the Jewish people knew his rules and laws. "Laws" is another word for "rules". This is not true now, because everybody with a Bible knows God’s rules and laws. These rules and laws are not only about what is right and wrong. They are also about what happens in the world.​
Not everyone with a Bible knows God's rules and laws. While everyone who owns a Bible has the opportunity to know the laws and rules..... some can't understand what they're reading.... some are taught by others who distort the message to fit their own needs..... and some are just owners for show.

Is it possible that the preacher's thumper [big leather bound Bible] was purchased in a used book store.... and those signs of use are from the previous owner?

Does your preacher actually open the book and read directly from it???? or is his scripture advice off the cuff.... memorized to fit the situation.... without the Book to witness his words?

The descendants of Jacob "found" the law when they were renovating the Temple. everyone who has a Bible knows the rules and laws.... and on top of that.... the rules have been changed to suit.....

I'm glad God has patience.