PSALM 148#A hymn inviting the beings of heaven (Ps 148:1–6) and of earth (Ps 148:7–14) to praise God. The hymn does not distinguish between inanimate and animate (and rational) nature.
All Creation Summoned To Praise
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
2Praise him, all you his angels;
give praise, all you his hosts.#a. [148:2] Ps 103:20f; Dn 3:58–63.
3Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all shining stars.
4Praise him, highest heavens,#Highest heavens: lit., “the heavens of the heavens,” i.e., the space above the firmament, where the “upper waters” are stored, cf. Gn 1:6–7; Dt 10:14; 1 Kgs 8:27; Ps 104:3, 13.
you waters above the heavens.
5Let them all praise the Lord’s name;
for he commanded and they were created,#b. [148:5] Ps 33:9; Gn 1:3f; Jdt 16:14.
6Assigned them their station forever,
set an order that will never change.
7Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all the deeps of the sea;#c. [148:7] Ps 135:6; Gn 1:21.
8Lightning and hail, snow and thick clouds,
storm wind that fulfills his command;
9Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars;#d. [148:9] Is 44:23.
10Animals wild and tame,
creatures that crawl and birds that fly;#e. [148:10] Ps 30:5; Gn 1:21, 24f; Dt 4:7.
11Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all who govern on earth;
12Young men and women too,
old and young alike.
13Let them all praise the Lord’s name,
for his name alone is exalted,
His majesty above earth and heaven.#f. [148:13] Ps 30:5; Dt 4:7.
14#Has lifted high the horn of his people: the horn symbolizes strength, the concrete noun for the abstract. Of all peoples, God has chosen Israel to return praise and thanks in a special way.He has lifted high the horn of his people;
to the praise of all his faithful,
the Israelites, the people near to him.