Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rejoicing and Reflection
According to The Pulpit Commentary and F. B. Myer’s Through the Bible Day by Day, this psalm was written in Nehemiah’s day for the dedication of the wall. When I read Psalm 147, I hear rejoicing and reflection as the writer remembers all that God has done and is doing, still.
Those acquainted with the story know the heartaches, delays, and challenges they faced while rebuilding the wall. At one point, they had to work with a sword in their hand!
Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows (Nehemiah 4:13).
So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days (Nehemiah 6:15).
Jacob’s children did not allow their circumstances to dictate their lives. They fought and worked until the job was finished. They gave thanks and rejoiced for the great things He had done. So should we!
I awoke with praise on my lips and the following chorus playing in my heart. I had to laugh because I’m not a fan of the music. Curiosity sent me to my hymn book for the verses. After reading the song, I searched for a video containing the words to share with you. I hope it puts joy in your heart too!
I love that Crosby took the focus off the singer and placed it on the One worthy of all praise and glory.
To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro' Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
Words by Fannie J. Crosby. Music by William H. Doane
10 thoughts on “Let the People Rejoice!”
Beautiful post, Gail. Thank you.❤️
Thank you for reading, Jill. 💕
Lovely post. And the video was beautiful too. With such a large number of people singing together, it makes me wonder how it will sound in heaven when we are all singing The Lord’s praises!
Thank you. I was thinking the same thing, Bridget. I’m always reminded of the heavenly choir when listening to large choirs. It will be glorious!
To God be the glory, indeed – always and forever! Blessings, Gail!
Amen, Patty! Blessings to you and Aaron!
That got my heart rejoicing this morning!
I’m so glad! I awoke in the middle of the night, and the song was still playing inside my head. I truly believe the Lord wants us to praise and rejoice in Him, even now.
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Good morning, Sandra. Thank you for stopping by and reading! 💕
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