FOUNDATION (Psalm 147)

Psalm 147:1-12


The following psalm is a call to praise the Lord in light of His omnipotent power and enduring love for Israel:


Psalm 147:1-12

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.


The first German Youth-Aliyah group heading toward Kibbutz Ein Harod, February 19, 1934. Photo by KLUGER ZOLTAN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

He heals the brokenhearted


A group of orphans—survivors of the holocaust, at the reception camp in Atlit, July14, 1944. The Atlit detainee camp was a detention camp established by authorities of the British Mandate for Palestine at the end of the 1930s in what is now Israel’s northern coast, 20 kilometers (12 mi) south of Haifa. The camp was established to prevent Jewish refugees from entering Palestine. Tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants were interned at the camp, which was surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers. Many of the detainees during the 1930s and 1940s were Jewish refugees from Nazi-controlled Europe. In the late 1940s, most were Holocaust survivors. The British authorities, acceding to Arab demands to limit Jewish immigration, refused to allow them to enter the country. By [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

And binds up their wounds.

He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked down to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry.

He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!

God has proven His faithfulness and care throughout Israel’s history. God will preserve His Chosen People.  Israel will prevail; praise the Lord!

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the NKJV.