I like the way this psalm hems everything in with praise to Him. From Adam and Eve to the end of the world, the right state of all human and natural things is to proclaim the glory of their Lord. On the past:
“Milton, in his Paradise Lost (Book V., line 153, etc.), has elegantly imitated this Psalm, and put it into the mouth of Adam and Eve as their morning hymn in a state of innocency.”
– James Anderson.
Note to self: I need to read Paradise Lost again some day–slowly. And on the future:
This Psalm is neither more nor less than a glorious prophecy of that coming day, when not only shall the knowledge of the Lord be spread over the whole earth, as the waters cover the sea, but from every created object in heaven and in earth, animate and inanimate, from the highest archangel through every grade and phase of being, down to the tiniest atom – young men and maidens, old men and children, and all kings and princes, and judges of the earth, shall unite in this millennial anthem to the Redeemer’s praise.
– Barton Bouchier
Psa 148:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens! Praise Him from the skies!
Psa 148:2 Praise Him, all His angels! Praise Him, all the armies of heaven!
Psa 148:3 Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all you twinkling stars!
Psa 148:4 Praise Him, skies above! Praise Him, vapors high above the clouds!
Psa 148:5 Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for He issued His command, and they came into being.
Just occurred to me in passing that the new agers have it all backward—it should be the creation praising the Creator, not the creation praising the creation. We should not praise the stars, sun and moon, nor look at them for divination. Someday those very stars will also bow and praise Him–as it should be.
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. ”