Why is it that praise of God is good, pleasant and fitting? The first of the psalm's answers is provided in verses 2 and 3, which use four verbs to record what God does or has done for his people: 1) he builds up Jerusalem; 2) he gathers the exiles of Israel; 3) he heals the brokenhearted; and 4) he binds up their wounds. 

Psalms 146-150 in particular develop aspects of what it means to praise God. Psalm 146 begins with the personal element (“I will praise the LORD all my life,” v. 2); then it invites all God's people to join in (vv. 3, 5, 8). Psalm 148 explains where God must be praised: from the heavens above to the earth below (vv. 1, 7). Psalm 149 tells how to praise God; it is with a new song" (v. 1). Psalm 150 tells everyone to praise God: “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD” (v. 6). Psalm 147, the psalm we are going to be looking at now, tells us what we can praise God for. 

By looking at the Lord's name Jehovah, we have already learned that the Lord is our hope and that he remains faithful forever. What else can we learn? 

In yesterday’s study we looked at the first warning seen in verses 3 and 4, which is the warning not to value others more than we value God. In today's study, we take a look at a second warning in this passage. 

As we noted in yesterday's study, there are a number of important things we can learn about worship. To begin, we noted that worship is work and worship must engage our minds. Let's look at two more points about worship.