For His name alone is exalted

Palm 148

Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

All at once, a celebratory, joyous and most solemn Psalm in praise of our Almighty God.

It opens with the Hebrew words:

 hal’lû yäH hal’lû ety’hwäh minhaSHämayim hal’lû BaM’rômiym.

 hal’lû  and / or hal’lû yäH, is repeated all the way through and knowing a tiny bit about Hebrew Poetry, a thought is repeated to show importance. So praising God is of immense importance to Him.

(BTW if anyone would like to know more about Hebrew Poetry – have a look at this extremely helpful and fascinating  article, by John H Stek of the Calvin Theological Seminary and reprinted with permission by the Gordon College Faculty )


  • #1984a.
  • הָלַל
  • halal (237c); a prim. root; to shine:—
  • NASB – flash forth(2), shone(2).

  • #1984b.
  • הָלַל
  • halal (237d); a prim. root; to be boastful, to priase:—
  • NASB – acted insanely(1), arrogant(1), boast(9), boasted(1), boastful(3), boasts(3), boasts boast(1), deride(1), drive madly(1), give praise(1), giving praise(1), glory(8), go mad(1), going mad(1), mad(1), madness(1), make its boast(1), makes a mad(1), makes fools(1), making fools(1), offers praises(1), praise(90), praised(20), praises(1), praising(5), race madly(1), renowned(1), sang praises(1), sing praises(1), wedding songs(1).

—Hebrew Word Study (Transliteration-Pronunciation Etymology & Grammar) #3050 יָהּ Yahh {yaw}

 1) Jah (Jehovah in the shortened form)
    1a) the proper name of the one true God
    1b) used in many compounds
        1b1) names beginning with the letters 'Je'
        1b2) names ending with 'iah' or 'jah'

He alone is to be exalted, acknowledged, praised and worshipped, by ALL of creation. The emotion and praise is tangible in the words from the Psalmist.

It is really worth going to this link at qbible, and take some time, just to follow the Psalm with the word-for word explanations from the original Hebrew  – so beautifully descriptive are they.

May the Lord Bless you as you read and or watch. 😀

Here are two music videos of this most adoring Psalm. The first one is sung in Hebrew, and below it, the following is written :

Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura, LA MUSIQUE DE LA BIBLE RÉVÉLÉE – VOLUME 3 (Alienor 1051 CD), Track 08. This is an updated video, correcting small errors in the text here and there.

This slideshow of Psalms 148 includes the consonantal Hebrew Masoretic Text and modified versions of the transliteration and translation provided by Lev Software. The arrangement for modern instruments and the vocal harmonies are of course SHV’s, but the ancient melodic line, modality and choral alternation were inferred by her from the Masoretic Text (Letteris Edition).

This Psalm is unique in that it uses successively all four “psalmodic modes” reconstructed by SHV from the Masoretic accents. The brilliance of a Psalm like this is that the more singers one has, the better — the whole Levitical ensemble could have sung and accompanied this melody.

The second one is also beautiful, from Sons of Korah,  and is a modern version and in English.

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2 Responses to For His name alone is exalted

  1. Diane says:

    Praise God, Steph! Praise His Name!

  2. Steph says:

    Hello dear sister. Yay and Amen!!

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