A blog by Celia Jolley, a daily devotion with scripture of the day applied to a woman's life, with quotes, poetry, and stories about savoring the beauty of life, family, and how to worship the Lord. Occasional original short stories sneak in now and then, just for fun fiction.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
just the first two verses
I have been dancing with the Psalms for over a year, as of January 8th, 2016.
I'm not tired or weary of it, wishing its music could go on forever,
which it truly has and will into eternity. So I will pack my bags looking longingly back, assured that I have been invited to return whenever I want to sing his psalms.
"Praise the Lord!;
Praise Him in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty (mightinesses) deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness."
Let's look at what others say, the many who join in the praise through this last Psalm.
Spurgeon says, "We have now reached the last summit of the mountain chain of Psalms.
It rises high into the clear azure, and its brow is bathed with the sunlight of the eternal world
of worship, it is a rapture."
"Each of the last five Psalms begins and ends with Hallelujah,
...the heir of God becomes 'eaten up' with the love of God."
John Pulsford, 1857
(All 13 of the Hallelujahs in this Psalm)
"Sublime finale of that opera sung by the shepherd, the hero, the king, and the old man...
enthusiasm of the lyric poet...like the smoke of a great fire of the soul...a vase of perfume broken on the step of the temple, and shedding abroad its odours from the heart of David. to the heart of all humanity! ...The little shepherd has become the master of the sacred choir of the universe. There is not a worship on earth which prays not with his words, or sings not with his voice. A chord of his harp is to be found in all choirs resounding everywhere...David is the Psalmist of eternity, what a destiny--what a power hath poetry when inspired by God. Happy is the bard who has thus become the eternal hymn, the personified prayer and complaint of all humanity! ...speaking the soft words of Christ before His coming." William Swan Plumer.
Around our house for some odd boy-reason, getting him to take a bath is like herding cats, cats who hate to get wet. Anyway, so many products from body wash to deodorant can make me sick: the perfumes go straight to my lungs threatening bronchitis. So it is sad, as is common, when they try a new product and I have to tell them not to come into the living room because they have to wash again to get rid of any smell of the perfume . So he has to bathe, not once, but twice. My son who came home this past weekend, was also banned from entering because evidently he got in a perfume fight while hanging out with his buddies and their girlfriends. The nose knows, and I had to tell him to leave his clothes out on the front porch and not to come in until he bathed. Yep, the "shedding abroad its odours" is well known around our house. It's not just good enough to come clean, but to be odor-free around their mom. So I can easily imagine this broken vase of perfume spilled on the steps of the temple permeating all the rest of eternity with its powerful scent of worship.
Verse 1: "The place of worship where God specially hears prayer and accepts praise, and the firmament where angels fly at His command, and veil their faces in adoration, are each a sanctuary...the temple of grace, the firmament of power...grace and glory." (Martin Geier)
"In many places we have the compound word 'Halelu-Jah,' praise ye Jehovah; but this is the first place in which we find 'Halelu-El,' praise God or the strong God. Praise Him who is Jehovah, the infinite and self-existent Being; and praise Him who is God, El, or Elohim, the great God in covenant with mankind, to bless them unto eternal life. In His sanctuary--in the Temple; in whatever place is dedicated to His service. Or in His holiness, through His own holy influence in your hearts." (Adam Clarke)
"'The firmament of His power.' Through the whole expanse, to the utmost limits of His power is the firmament or vast expanse that surrounds the globe and probably that in which all the celestial bodies of the solar system are included, it may that meaning here. Praise Him whose power and goodness extends thorough all the world; and let the inhabitants of all those worlds share in the grand chorus, that it may be universal." (Adam Clarke)
John Gill says, "'In His holiness' can be understood of Christ." As Spurgeon says, "'In His holy places' some see under the word an allusion to the holy tabernacle of Deity, the flesh of Christ."
Verse 2: "Praise Him for His mighty acts, doings of His omnipotence...Creation, providence, and redemption all call for praise.
"His excellent greatness" or "According to His muchness of greatness."
"'The Old Psalter says, "After the manyfoldess of His mickleness. After the mykelnes of his greathede.' Let the praise be such as is becoming so great, so holy, and so glorious a Being."
Isaiah 61:10 says,
"I will greatly rejoice to the Lord.
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness;
As a bridegroom decked himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."
The Hallelujah chorus will resound throughout all eternity