Praise your God!
He strengthens the bars of your gates.
He blesses your sons within you.
He grants peace in your borders.
He fills you with the finest of wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth.
His word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool.
He scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down hail like crumbs.
Who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word.
He melts them.
He makes his wind blow.
He makes the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob.
He declares his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation.
They do not know his ordinances.
The end of this alleluia psalm naturally has the phrase “praise Yahweh,” another way of saying the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” This section begins and ends with that phrase. This is a long description of what Yahweh is doing in the current time to help Israel with the use of the present tense. He keeps the bars strong on the gates into the town. He blesses them with children. He grants them peace at home. He fills them with a good harvest of wheat. Yahweh commands the whole earth. His word controls the climate as snow, frost, and hail follow his command. He sends out his wind to make the snow melt and the waters flow in the various rivers. He has given his word, his statutes, and his ordinances to Jacob or Israel. No other nation is like Israel. Notice that this is not the Mosaic code but the ordinances of Jacob.
“Sing to Yahweh
Make melody to our God
Upon the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds.
He prepares rain for the earth.
He makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the animals their food.
He gives to the young ravens
When they cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse.
His pleasure is not in the speed of a runner.
But Yahweh takes pleasure
In those who fear him.
He takes pleasure
In those who hope
In his steadfast love.”
We are to sing with thanksgiving to Yahweh. We are to make a melody on the lyre to our God. He has covered the heavens with clouds so that he could send rain to the earth to make the grass grow on the hills. He provided food for the animals, especially the ravens when they cried. He does not delight in the strength of a horse or the speed of a human runner. Rather he takes pleasure in those who fear him. He takes pleasure in those who hope in his steadfast love.
How good it is to sing praises to our God!
He is gracious!
A song of praise is fitting.
Yahweh builds up Jerusalem.
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken hearted.
He binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars.
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is Yahweh!
He is abundant in power.
His understanding is beyond measure.
Yahweh lifts up the downtrodden.
He casts the wicked to the ground.”
Psalm 147 is the second alleluia psalm as praise for Yahweh dominates. Once again there is no beginning title. It almost seems like a continuation of the preceding psalm. They were to all sing praises to Yahweh, another way of saying alleluia, the Hebrew “Hallelujah,” because he is gracious. It is fitting to sing to Yahweh because he built up Jerusalem. He gathered the outcasts. He healed the broken hearted by binding up their wounds. He determined the number and named all the stars. Yahweh is great with abundant power. No one could measure his understanding. He lifted up the downtrodden, but he cast out all those wicked ones to the ground.