Psalm 147 – The Worship of God
Posted: 12 July 2011 in Psalms

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…..

Reading the above psalm earlier today, the thing which struck me was that it mentions every motive for worshipping God except for the one really important reason. Namely, that God should be worshipped simply because he is God. The thought of what we might be able to get out of the arrangement is hardly a very satisfactory reason for forming a relationship with another human being; even less is it an appropriate attitude to take into the worship of our sovereign Lord. It is scarcely too much to say that it is an insult to his divine majesty, which ought to fill us with awe.

As a follow on from that remark, the Bible is admittedly the revealed Word of God, and that might seem to make it problematic to criticise anything it contains. However, according the Bible the high reverence it rightly deserves does not, I think, necessarily mean that we must go “Alleluia!” in response to its every line. If it is allowed that the Holy Spirit must interpret its text to us, then it is always possible that at some point, God will be saying, “This is not good enough.”

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