Psalm 147: God’s Love for Jerusalem

How can skeptics be convinced that praising God is worthwhile?

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Psalm 147:1 Praise the Lord, for we benefit from praising God. Singing praises to him is beautiful and appropriate.
King James
Psalm 147:1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

How is God “rebuilding Jerusalem”?

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Psalm 147:2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem, gathering Israel’s exiles.
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Psalm 147:2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.

How effectively does God heal the brokenhearted and bandage their wounds? Why?

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Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
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Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

What interest could God have in knowing the number of the stars? How many are there?

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Psalm 147:4 He knows the number of stars in the sky and can call each one by name.
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Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

How can God know everything?

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Psalm 147:5 Our Lord is great, with unlimited power and knowledge.
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Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

Is there anything God can’t do? Why?

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Psalm 147:5 Our Lord is great, with unlimited power and knowledge.
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Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

How does a humble person differ from the wicked?

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Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifts up the humble, but he brings the wicked down to the ground.
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Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

What kinds of melodies does God like most?

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Psalm 147:7 Express your gratitude to the Lord in song. Make sweet melodies to God with the harp.
King James
Psalm 147:7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

What is the extent of God’s care for the environment and animal life? How does that compare to his love for people?

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Psalm 147:8–10 He covers the sky with clouds to bring rain upon the earth, causing grass to grow on the hillsides. He feeds the animals. The young birds’ mouths are filled when they cry out in hunger.
His delight is not with a horse’s strength or the legs of a mighty warrior.
King James
Psalm 147:8–10 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

What defines people’s relationship with the Lord? How is that relationship strengthened?

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Psalm 147:11–14 The Lord delights in those who revere him, trusting his love and faithfulness.
Let everyone in Jerusalem praise the Lord God, for he has strengthened the bars of your city gates and has blessed the people within its walls. He brought peace to your land and satisfied your hunger with the finest wheat.
King James
Psalm 147:11–14 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.

In what ways does the earth “listen” to God?

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Psalm 147:15–18 When God talks, the earth listens. He blankets the ground with snow and scatters frost like ashes. People cringe in the cold as sleet falls like birdseed. With the breath from God’s mouth, the ice melts, the wind blows, and the waters flow.
King James
Psalm 147:15–18 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.

Why has the nation of Israel been “greatly favored”? In what ways can we expect that favor to continue?

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Psalm 147:19–20 God gave the nation of Israel, his laws and precepts, to the descendants of Jacob.
No other nation has been so greatly favored, having not received God’s Law.
Praise the Lord.
King James
Psalm 147:19–20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord.