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Scripture: Psalm 147:4-5

Praise to the Gracious and Mighty God

In Psalm 147, the grace of God was revealed when he restored his people, who had been in exile from their homeland, to Israel. Yahweh was the one who, by his grace, healed the shattered in heart, attending their painful sorrows.

The power of God is then revealed in verses 4-6 by his mastery of the stars and his unsearchable wisdom. God’s grace compelled him to “lift up the downtrodden.” God’s power allowed him to “cast the wicked to the ground.” He is truly the gracious and mighty God.

These attributes are magnified during this special season we call Christmas. The coming of the Messiah is the ultimate demonstration of the grace and power of God. In God’s mercy he was willing to send his own son into a sinful world. In his power he is able to forgive our sin and restore rebellious human beings.

Today may we “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”

Sing praise to God who reigns above,
The God of all creation, the God of power,
The God of love, the God of our salvation;
With healing balm my soul he fills,
And every faithless murmur stills:
To God all praise and glory!

What God’s almighty power hath made,
His gracious mercy keepeth,
By morning glow or evening shade
His watchful eye never sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of his might,
Lo! All is just and all is right:
To God all praise and glory!

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