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You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up
With the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise
Has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
The madness of those who oppose you. Psalms 8:2 [Passion Translation]

The Passion Translation has an insightful comment at this verse:

There may be a vast difference between the glory of the heavens and the little mouths of children and babies, yet by both the majestic name of the Lord is revealed. It is amazing that perfected praises do not rise to God from the cherubim or seraphim, but from the children and babies, the weakest of humanity.

I don’t know that I can add anything else to that, it’s a magnificent truth that they’ve highlighted.

 

Then King Hezekiah and the princes commanded the Levites to praise Yahweh with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they offered praise with joy, and they bowed down and worshiped. –  2 Chronicles 29.30, LEB

They offered praise with joy.  They bowed down.  They worshiped.  These are actions of dependence.  God’s temple had been neglected and the worship of the Lord had slowly declined,  until Hezekiah led the people back to faithfulness.  The result of that journey is listed here,  a renewed understanding of all that the Lord was for Israel,  and accompanying joy.  A renewed commitment to worship. A new zeal to demonstrate worship in posture.

We could learn a lot from this revival.  We are prone to wander away from the Lord being the pathetic humans that we are.  Let’s pray that God keeps drawing us back to a renewed understanding of Him and his character and care for his people.

Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, And tell of His works with joyful singing.” (Psalm 107:22, NASB95)

The New English Translation notes says that the Hebrew for the second phrase is:  “and let them proclaim his works with a ringing cry.”  It is a nice translation of the Hebrew.  We are to be people of thanksgiving to our God, and we are to be people who praise the Lord by recounting to each other God’s works with a ringing cry, a cry that says, “God has done all that he promised, he is faithful to his word, he is faithful to his people, and here is how he has been faithful…”

One of the beautiful things about the Church Universal is the extreme variety and beauty of the praise and worship songs that have come out of her. From South America to Africa to China to the Middle East to Europe and across to North America have come praise and worship songs without number, all dedicated to proclaiming “his works with a ringing cry.”  May the Lord be glorified by this. May the voice of the Church rise in praise together until history is finished and God draws his people to himself, and may her praise continue into eternity without end. Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory.

 

As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.” (Psalm 48:10, NASB95)

The HCSB translation is a little more clear than the NASB:

Your name, God, like Your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with justice.” (Psalm 48:10, HCSB)

How does God’s name and praise [GNB: “fame”] reach to the end of the earth?  Paul helps us out in his letter to the Romans:

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, ESV)

What God has made has been witnessed by all people in all places of the earth ever since the beginning of creation so that no man has an excuse for not believing in the God of creation.  Since we live in the great age of missions Ps. 48.10 is now literally true as followers of Christ exist in every nation on earth and churches are rapidly being founded in every tongue and tribe as God’s name and praise and fame spread to the literal ends of the earth.

This is amazing and miraculous.

Spurgeon: “Great fame is due to his great name…What if men are silent, yet the woods, and seas, and mountains, with all their countless tribes, and all the unseen spirits that walk them, are full of the divine praise.”

In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.” (Psalm 44:8, NASB95)

The sign of a people who trust in the Lord is that those people are obvious for their thankfulness to him, to his name, for his works, and for his character. “Forever”, write the sons of Korah, “will will give thanks to Your name.” It is a good and blessed sign that God’s people vow to thank him forever, for it demonstrates their complete trust and devotion to him.  God receives the glory that he should receive because their is nothing higher or greater in which to give thanks nor on which to depend.

Spurgeon writes: “High let the song be lifted up as we bring to remembrance the eternal love which chose us, predestinated us to be sons, redeemed us with a price, and then enriched us with all the fulness of God.”

Well spoken, Mr. Spurgeon; well spoken, indeed.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1, NASB95)

Expositor’s Bible Commentary: “The purpose of praise is not to make God’s people feel good but to acknowledge in a communal way the greatness of our God.”

 

Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all stars of light. Praise him, highest heavens, and waters above the heavens. Let them praise the name of Yahweh, because he commanded and they were created.” (Psalm 148:3–5, LEB)

The source of the sun, moon, stars, highest heavens and waters above the heavens is here stated as our Lord.  He commanded and they were created. Simple.  Direct. Clear.  All that we see in the universe came about by the command of God.  He spoke.  They came into existence.  This is the unified witness of all the Scriptures.

Only God is ever the subject of the Hebrew word which is translated “created” here (and in Gen. 1.1).  Man cannot create like God can create and so the word is never used of anything that man “creates.”

If the sun and moon should praise the name of our Lord because they were created by him, how much more ought we to praise the name of God because he created us, he gave us life, and he saved us in spite of ourselves.  Jonathan Edwards points out the humbling truth implicit in this truth: “You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.”

To our knees then, dear reader, God commanded and we were created.  Let us praise him along with the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Or as Gerard Manley Hopkins put it:

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise Him.