Psalm 148: Universal Praise

What is the difference between praising God from the mountain tops versus the valleys?

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Psalm 148:1 Praise the Lord.
From the mountain tops and the skies above, praise the Lord.
King James
Psalm 148:1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Who are God’s messengers?

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Psalm 148:2 Praise him, messengers of God. Let the heavenly host praise him.
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Psalm 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Why isn’t the gospel message more effective?

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Psalm 148:2 Praise him, messengers of God. Let the heavenly host praise him.
King James
Psalm 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

In what ways does God’s creation praise the Creator?

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Psalm 148:3–5 Praise him, sun and moon and stars that give light.
Praise him, from the skies above to the farthest realms of the universe.
Let all God’s creation praise their Creator.
King James
Psalm 148:3–5 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

How does creation fail to praise the Creator?

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Psalm 148:3–5 Praise him, sun and moon and stars that give light.
Praise him, from the skies above to the farthest realms of the universe.
Let all God’s creation praise their Creator.
King James
Psalm 148:3–5 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

If what God sets in place cannot be revoked, how can God’s promises not be fulfilled?

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Psalm 148:6 What he set in place forever can never be revoked.
Romans 11:29 God hasn’t withdrawn his call for them to believe and receive his gift of salvation.
2 Timothy 2:13 Even if we choose not to believe, he still loves us, because he cannot deny who he is.
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Psalm 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
2 Timothy 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Of what value is encouraging weather, mountains, vegetation, and animals to praise the Lord?

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Psalm 148:7–13 Praise the Lord, you great creatures from the ocean depths.
Lightning, hail, snow, and fog—the storm’s strong winds obey his command.
Mountains and hills, cedars and fruit trees, wild animals and livestock, snakes and birds, kings, princes, and peasants, and all leaders on Earth, young men and women, adults and children, let them all praise the Lord. For he is the greatest of the great, his majesty extending beyond earth and sky.
King James
Psalm 148:7–13 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

To what extent is God involved in the positions of leaders on Earth?

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Psalm 148:14 God has appointed a king for his people. Let all his people, children who are so dear to him, praise the Lord.
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Psalm 148:14 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.