Psalm 147 - Wonders of God for Israel

[New International Version] Psalm 147 belongs to Book V of the Book of Psalms. Underlines praise, as a fundamental religious feeling, is the way in which God presides over and expresses the orderly functioning of the universe.

The  PS 147  belong to Book V  Book of Ps , which is composed of a collection of texts 150 arranged by 5 poetry books. The Book of Psalms, for its  wisdom  and  basic principles  of human action , is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book V encompasses  Psalms 107  to  150 . Psalm 147 is divided into 20 Verses.

The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience . They portray the common man , with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing received.

“There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel”; “The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord.” - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan

Psalm 147 - Wonders of God for Israel

1  Hallelujah!

Praise the Lord,
for it is good to sing to our God,
for his praise is pleasing and just.

2  The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem
and brings back the dispersed of Israel.

3  He heals the broken-hearted
and binds their wounds.

4  He sets a number for the stars
and names each of them.

5  Great is our Lord and almighty,
His wisdom has no limits.

6  The Lord supports the lowly,
but brings evildoers to the ground.

7  Sing to the Lord in thanksgiving,
sing hymns to our God, to the sound of the lyre.

8  He covers the heavens with clouds,
and prepares the rain for the earth,
which causes the herbs to sprout in the mountains.

9  He gives the animals their food
and the crows’ young when they cry.

10  It is not the strength of the horse that He most appreciates,
nor does He value the muscles in man.

11  The Lord appreciates those who fear him,
those who trust in his mercy.

12  Glorify Jerusalem the Lord;
praise your God, O Zion.

13  For He has strengthened the bars of your gates
and has blessed your children within you.

14  He sets your borders in peace
and feeds you with the flower of flour.

15  He sends his message to the earth,
and his word always runs fast;

16  He bestows snow like wool,
scatters frost like ash.

17  Throw your hail as if it were crumbs.
With your cold, who can resist?

18  He sends his word and the ice melts;
it makes its wind blow and the waters flow.

19  He announces his plans to Jacob,
his precepts and his orders to Israel.

20 He  did not do so with any other people, he
did not make his orders known to them.


Meaning and interpretation

The PS 147 is a is a song that is strongly calls to praise God (verses 1.7, 12). Each of these calls to praise begins a new verse of the Psalm. From 1-6 the praise of God is based on his attributes ; from 7-11 is his providence ; 12-20 are the benefits bestowed on Jerusalem and through her to all the people.

This Psalm presents itself as a song designed to maintain the spirit and enthusiasm which, in every assembly, the faithful are called to revive. Even presenting a general intention, he continues to emphasize that the reasons to emphasize praise, as a fundamental religious feeling, is the way in which God presides over and expresses the orderly functioning of the universe . The universe in which the Psalmist feels he is living is, for precisely this reason, regarded with satisfaction , confidence and optimism .

The Psalms of Praise are hymns addressed, above all, to God. In this sense, the Bible continues the liturgical literature of neighboring and previous religions, where hymns are the most common way for people to address the divinity , especially in contexts of greater solemnity.

These Psalms were of great importance in the lives of biblical heroes. The preaching of the word of the prophets or the teaching of wisdom reflection appears closely linked to the cultural action of the people of Israel. They express, in a solemn and simple way , the believer’s recognition of the efficacious presence of God who saves his people, for he is mercy that lasts forever; it is a refuge from the dangers of life; it is joy and joy; it is prosperity that feeds its people; it is light in times of darkness and salvation on Earth and in eternal life.

The texts of the Book of Psalms oscillate between shout and praise, supplication and joy. Perhaps its authors understood that Man can only express his supplications, laments or thirst for revenge before God, if he is immersed in the spirit of praise that sings life stronger than death . Perhaps, beyond the scream, the lament or the anger, they realized that what moves these words is nothing but that life force that explodes in praise when it comes out of violence or when it goes through death.

These hymns narrate, thus, the greatness or improvements and the thanks that flow from it. Examples of this are Psalm 8; 19; 28; 33; 47; 65-66; 93; 96-100; 104-105; 111; 113; 117; 135; 146; 148-150. Hymns can also be addressed to the king , focusing especially on the ceremony of royal enthronement, with every expectation of divine intervention for the well-being of the people and the just ordering of the world . In this case, the Psalms were performed at court parties, in the presence of the king, in celebrations for victory over enemies, among others. Some examples are Psalm 2; 18; 20; 21; 27; 51; 60; 61.

With the end of the monarchy, these Psalms were accentuating the messianic connotations , which already had implicit. This is the case with Psalm 2; 18; 20-21; 45; 72; 89; 101; 110; 132; 144. The Psalms celebrating Jerusalem, which with the temple have a special connection to God, are also considered hymns. These are Ps 46; 48; 76; 84; 87; 122.

The Book of Psalms

The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. Depicting the common man , with his failures, insecurities, fears and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received.

The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, still move , sensitize , awaken feelings , inspire and enchant . In them, we can identify anguish and joy , deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom and prophetic words.

Written for different situations , some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author’s personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.

The Book of Psalms is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God . The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation , supplication , praise and gratitude .

The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine and prayer is the power of the word . Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word or image addressed to God is called prayer . It is through it that we come into contact with our God within and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life . Prayer can produce miracles , turn dreams into reality, give us hope for change , harmony and peace with ourselves and the world.

Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God . For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.

The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for the purpose of spiritual self-protection, family protection and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this peace , well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.

The faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination . The Psalms will guide you on a path of peace and communion with the higher energy.