Psalm 148 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 148)

Verse 4

[4] Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Heavens of heavens — Ye highest heavens, the place of God's throne.

Waters — Ye clouds which are above a part of the heavens.

Verse 6

[6] He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

Established — He hath made them constant and incorruptible, not changeable, as the things of the lower world.

A decree — Concerning their continuance.

Verse 7

[7] Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

Dragons — Either serpents, which hide in the deep caverns of the earth; or whales, and other sea-monsters, which dwell in the depths of the sea.

Verse 8

[8] Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

Fire — Lightnings and other fireworks of the air.

Vapour — Or, fumes: hot exhalations.

Fulfilling his word — Executing his commands, either for the comfort or punishment of the inhabitants of the earth.

Verse 13

[13] Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Above — Above all the glories which are in earth and in heaven.

Verse 14

[14] He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

The horn — In scripture commonly denotes strength, victory, glory, and felicity.