Psalm 148 – “LIving to Praise” – J. P. Kang
1. Psalm 148 gives us a picture of a two-part cosmic harmony made up of heavenly voices (verses 1–6) and earthly voices (7–12) which sing because “[the LORD’s] name alone is exalted” (verse 13). In what ways are you able to exalt the LORD above all other powers and names? In what areas of life does it remain a struggle to exalt the name of the LORD?
2. It is easy to get absorbed in each day’s tasks and troubles (Matthew 6:34) or to dwell on the past (Isaiah 43:18) and thus to lose sight of the bigger picture of why we are alive—the good purposes for which we were created (Ephesians 2:10). How does Psalm 148’s picture of the cosmic chorus of praise help you imagine a bigger vision for your life?
3. Psalm 148 affirms that God is powerful and purposeful (verses 5b–6) even in and through “stormy winds” (verse 8b) that are chaotic and destructive. How does that perspective help you understand why and how we are to praise God? How does that perspective give you hope for the future?
4. Verse 14 says the LORD has raised up a “horn” (symbolizing strength) for us. For Christians, the crucified Christ is that paradoxical symbol of strength in weakness—Jesus lifted up and ironically enthroned on a cross, to whom we look for healing and life. Reflect on all the ways Jesus nourishes your life, and both give thanks to God as well as ask for his continuing provision.