PSALM 148:13-14 Let them praise and exalt the Name of the Lord, for his Name alone is exalted and supreme! His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven.
14. He has lifted up a horn for His people (giving them power, prosperity, dignity and pre-eminence), a song of praise for all His godly ones, for the people of Israel who are near to Him, Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
Exalt – d) To lift up, to praise, to glorify.
Praise – c) to be clear, to shine, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be clamorously foolish, to celebrate.
Glory – c) grandeur, beauty, comeliness, excellency, glorious, honor, majesty.
Horn – c) power
Pre-eminence – d) above others, prominent, surpassing.
Dignity – d) worthiness, nobility, honor and self respect.
Psalm 148 is telling all to praise the Lord – all of heaven – all of earth – and all of creation, even the waters and fire. But at the end in verse 14 what does He do? He lifts up His people who are near to Him. Out of all of creation He favors His godly ones. This is not the physical nation of Israel unless they follow the Lamb wherever He goes. How does He lift them up?
He gives them the power to live a life filled with praises that will lift them up out of the earthly sphere into the heavenly sphere where He is.
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
He has chosen us to be examples of His great love and mercy through all eternity. He has given us a song. We have to choose to sing the songs that He gives. There are songs that you sing in the car when you are out and with others. And then there is that special love song that you know He has given just to you that means everything. What do you do with that song?
It is a special song, you should give it a special spot in your day and life. Praise and Worship should be treated with love. We are singing to Him, thanking Him for all He has done for us. How much is it worth to you? I have heard some preachers tell the sheep that worship is important and then tell them they need to sing at least 10 minutes a day if only in their car.
Our worship to the Lord is what we were created for, Eccl. 12:13. He keeps records of how much we pray, how much we tithe, and how much we read His Word and how much we worship. I believe worship is a blessing that comes down to us from heaven. Our prayer time prepares our hearts to sit down and talk to Him, learning to be still and listen for Him to answer. Then we are filled with the Holy Spirit and it is time to thank Him for all of His goodness to us with a song that is focused on Him alone with no interference — just for Him.
That is what He wants from those who are near to Him and He has given them the Power and strength to carry out all of His desires! And then what happens? God inhabits the praises of His people. You will be spiritually raptured away. And when you make this happen everyday, you experience more and more of His presence. There is nothing better.
I believe we must learn to be spiritually raptured before we can be physically raptured when He returns. This is what Psalm 91 is all about. When we dwell in the secret place with Him we are safe. There can be pestilence, plagues and darkness all around but it won’t come near you because of His Presence.
Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name (has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love and kindness; trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never.)
We must choose to set our love upon Him and then the blessings start to flow. And through it all we learn to trust and rely on Him in every area because we know what it is to be filled with His Presence and then “WE ARE CHANGED”.
SONG — I BOW DOWN — SONGS OF THE VINEYARD