147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] a pleasant; [and] praise is comely.
(a) He shows in which we ought to exercise
ourselves continually, and to take our pastime: that is, in praising God.
147:2 The LORD doth build up b
Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
(b) Because the Lord is the founder of the
Church, it cannot be destroyed, though the members of it are dispersed and
seem as it were for a time to be cut off.
147:3 He healeth the c
broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
(c) With affliction, or sorrow for sin.
147:4 He d
telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by [their] names.
(d) Though it seems incredible to man, that God
should assemble his Church, being so dispersed, yet nothing can be too hard to
him that can number and name all the stars.
147:6 The LORD lifteth up the
meek: he casteth the wicked down to the e
(e) For the more high that the wicked climb the
greater is their fall in the end.
147:8 Who f
covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh
grass to grow upon the mountains.
(f) He shows by the example of God's mighty
power, goodness, and wisdom, that he can never lack just opportunity to praise
147:9 He giveth to the beast his food, [and] to the
young ravens which g cry.
(g) For their crying is as it were a confession
of their need, which cannot be relieved, but by God alone, then if God show
himself mindful of the most contemptible souls, can he suffer them to die with
famine, whom he has assured of life everlasting?
147:10 He delighteth not in the h
strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
(h) Though to use lawful means is both profitable
and pleases God, yet to put our trust in them is to defraud God of his honour.
For he hath i strengthened the bars of
thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
(i) He not only furnishes his Church with all
that is necessary but preserves also the same, and makes it strong against all
147:15 He sendeth forth his
k commandment [upon] earth: his word
runneth very l swiftly.
(k) His secret working in all creatures is as a
command to keep them in order and to give them moving and force.
(l) For immediately and without resisting all
things obey him.
He sheweth his m word unto Jacob, his
statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
(m) As before he called God's secret working in
all his creatures his word: so he means by this his word the doctrine of life
everlasting, which he has left to his Church as a precious treasure.
147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and
[as for his] judgments, they have not n
known them. Praise ye the LORD.
(n) The cause of this difference is God's free
mercy, which has elected his in his Son Christ Jesus to salvation: and his
just judgment, by which he has appointed the reprobate to eternal damnation.