Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.Psalm 148:5(NASB)
A magnificent song of praise bursts forth from the pen of the anonymous psalmist, as he summons together the host of heaven with all those that dwell on the earth, to worship the Lord... to praise His name and glorify Him with exultant shouts and great rejoicing of the heart. "Hallelujah!" his song begins, "Praise the LORD."
The opening word of the writer informs us that we are not going to slowly climb up a ladder into heavenly praise. Rather, we are catapulted headlong into joyful worship and reverent praise, that thunders forth from this heavenly choir. We are immediately raptured into an explosive outburst of ecstatic rejoicing that is calling on the highest heavens above to praise their great Creator.
From the furthest reaches of the universe to the outer extremities of the entire creation, comes this call to glorify the name of the Lord - HALLELUJAH! Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens. Praise Him in the heights!
The call to worship is given to the vast angelic host and the various heavenly beings, for all were created by the Lord. All began their existence because of His creative hand and magnificent wisdom, "Praise ye Him, all His angels. Praise ye Him, all His host. Praise ye Him, sun and moon. Praise Him all ye stars of light. Praise Him ye heavens of heavens. Praise Him ye waters that are above the heavens."
It is the Creator Who is being acknowledged by His creation in this cacophony of praise, for He spoke the world into being and provided permanence and stability to all He made. He established laws and principles that govern the world. He has allotted periods of time and fixed immovable boundaries. God has placed limits in each element of creation and holds it together by the might of His power.
The prime purpose of calling the heavenly host and angelic beings to unite their voices in praise to God and join together in this harmonious declaration of His eternal glory, is because He is Creator. "Hallelujah! PRAISE ye Jehovah from the heavens. Praise ye Him in the heights. Praise Him all His angels, Praise Him all His host. Praise Him sun and moon, Praise Him all ye stars of light. Praise Him you heavens of heavens, and you waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise the Name of Jehovah, for HE commanded and they were created. He set them there forever and ever and gave a law.. and not one transgresseth it."
If such a resounding call to praise and worship God as Creator is given to angels and the heavenly host, how much more should our worshipful praise and humble thanksgiving be offered to the Lord, Who not only created us, but has also redeemed us by the blood of Christ Jesus, His dearly beloved Son.
"Glory to God in the highest heaven," was the hymn that the angels sang at Christ's birth, and it continues, "peace on earth, goodwill to men," or more accurately it should read... goodwill to men of peace - God's blessing on those that have made peace with God, by faith in Christ.
Peace on earth and goodwill to all men is not the song of the angels, and not for the angels to fully understand, for only those who gain peace WITH God through faith in Christ, will receive the peace on earth and peace with God... for which men crave so deeply.
While the heavens declare the glory of God and continue to display His marvellous works, the fool has said in his heart, "there is no God!" While God's invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, has been clearly seen by every man through the witness of creation, foolish men too often refuse to glorify Him as God or show Him the gratitude He justly deserves.
There are times when we, who have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, become complacent in our faith and do not give the Lord the praise and glory He justly deserves. May we discover the wonders of Him anew, and swell the heavenly chorus with overflowing hearts of thanksgiving and praise to our great Creator and rejoice in the God of our Salvation.
Heavenly Father, You alone are worthy of all praise and glory, for You not only created us, but have redeemed us through the precious blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Renew in me a new and glorious song of worship and praise, for You commanded and the world was created, and in Your grace, You gave Your only begotten Son to redeem that same fallen creation. Thank You that I have been born-again into Your new creation in Christ and I pray that I will never become complacent with my salvation, but live and work for Your greater praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.