148:8, May alarm some people, but Christ could face the real possibility of storms and still fall asleep, however his disciples had to grow into this kind of faith, Matthew 8:24-27.
148:11-12, From the strongest to the weakest of human beings, our praise is of equal worth to our Creator. Why? Because our praise comes from the same heart, that has the same Creator and he pours out the same love into all hearts redeemed by the same blood, See Galatians 3:28, Romans 5:5
148:13-14, Israel, as God’s faithful ones, have their own unique role in praising God because they know God’s name; they are “close to him” and can tell God’s story, which is another form of praise. But they can never separate themselves from the whole nonhuman creation; they can only join the praise it has already been giving, See Psalm 33:5, and remember Paul understood this continues, read Romans 8:19-23.
149:3-6, From a Christian perspective, our Savior never desired, or desires to praise our Father with instruments, nor swords, but there is a sense in which God is worthy of our praise in ALL of our accomplishments, because without him we would be nothing. The all encompassing providence of God is claimed in John 1:3, and in some mysterious aspect, factually God in Christ gives everything it’s consistency, Colossians 1:6-17. Richard Jones wrote a song on this point: entitled “God of Concrete”
Lord of science, Lord of art,
God of map and graph and chart,
Lord of physics and research,
God of scripture and the church,
Lord of sequence and design,
All the world of truth is thine.
God of concrete, God of steel,
God of piston and of wheel,
God of pylon, God of steam,
God of girder and of beam,
God of atom, God of mine,
All the world of power is thine.
God of tunnels, God of rail,
Lord of highway and the mail,
God of rocket and of flight
Lord of soaring satellite,
God of lightning’s striking line,
All the moving world is Thine.
God whose glory fills the earth,
Gave the universe its birth,
Loosed the Christ from His new tomb,
Saves the world from evil’s doom,
Gives all people grace divine,
All the world of love is thine.
This doesn’t bless or sanction the use of instruments in our worship to God, but it does allow us to rejoice in the talents, resources, devices and even weapons, He gives us the ability to use, for His glory!
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