The denouement of the Psalms: God will turn the way of the wicked upside down

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    The denouement of the Psalms: God will turn the way of the wicked upside down (Psalms 146 through 150)

    Symphonies sung about man, deliverance, sanctuary, wandering and coming home
    Themes from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy have been laid out
    One psalm turning over themes of praise for each of the five books of Psalms
    Each like a fountain of truth, overflowing pouring into the next, a cascade of praise,
    each fountain overflowing to the next
    praise after praise after praise after praise after praise.
    a celebration of a watercourse of waterfalls running to a happy state

    Praise if pleasant and has beauty
    God will turn the way of the wicked upside down
    A broken world set right, the humble made beautiful and praising God

    It is no defect of a great fountain that it overflow
    also true of five fountain, one fountain spilling over with waterfall to the next

    God heals and helps, the high for the low
    God word is sent and hits the ground running, statutes given
    Praise reflects off both heaven and earth, wind and waves, fire and clouds, every kind of beast and bird
    Praise reflects off God's image bearers. God will beautify the humble
    and they will dance praises before Him to every known instrument

    Psalm 146
    Praise the Lord, Soul !
    While I live I will sing praise
    about those false hopes…. a reminder
    Do not put ultimate trust in other than God
    not in men who sit at the seat of power of any mere man
    when their time is done, it’s done
    Trust in the God of Jacob is your help,
    If he’s your helper, your hope
    you are blessed by your creator and provider

    The theme is lifted up twice in the book of Acts
    He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.

    Mercies seen as this psalm pouring into the next:
    giver of justice for the oppressed,
    opens the eyes of the blind
    lifts up the oppressed
    watches over strangers
    cares for the widow and fatherless
    This is not the way of the world
    God has turned the way of the wicked upside down.

    And the praise from the second half of this song
    overflows into the next

    Psalm 147
    Praise the Lord
    It’s pleasant
    Powerful and expansive but full of mercy
    He who counts the stars and names them
    he builds up Jerusalem
    has his eye on the outcasts of Jerusalem
    He will be their attending physician
    He's mighty but lifted up the lowly
    about those wicked…
    He casts them to the ground
    The chutes of the falls have crashed against the wicked

    The mercies turn to a new praise
    care for those who fear him
    use the harp
    sing about His word and provision
    Grass on hills - he gives it rain
    He feeds the animals - even when birds cry to Him he feeds them
    And more valuable than the sparrow are those who fear Him.
    God does not delight in strength of man or beast
    He does delights in those who fear him and hope in him
    And praise turns to the provision from the sky
    His word is sent out to the earth on a mission
    His word hits the ground running and runs fast
    Making snow, frost, hail
    He send his word again and they melt.
    He makes the winds blow and waters flow
    And his word comes to you,
    To Jacob To Israel
    An exclusive

    And the provision and providence upheld by his word pours into the next Psalm and glory splashes off all the parts of creation

    Psalm 148
    Praise the Lord
    Let praise come from heaven, heights, angels, stars, sun and moon
    Let praise come from earth, from large sea creatures, and the deep
    fire, hail, snow, and clouds
    wild and domestic animals
    mountains
    trees, fruit trees and trees for wood

    and the source of praise turns to people
    Praise from kings, princes, old, young, young men, young women, children
    praise from His saints and all people near him
    praise the Lord

    The praise is resting on the people, and that saintly praise splashes into the next psalm

    Psalm 149
    Praise if pleasant and has beauty
    God will make the humble beautiful
    Congregation painted with praise
    Joying children, happy in their King, painted with praise as they play
    Praising children dancing to the Lord, painted with praise in the day
    Singing children playing the harp to God, painted with praise with syncopated pitch
    And God happy, taking pleasure in them

    They will be Joyful in glory , singing even in bed, painted beauty leaving nothing untouched
    Early in Psalms, in the face of evil they were admonished 'be angry and sin not' on their beds (in Ps 4:4), and even swiming in tears in their beds (in Ps 6:6) where "...I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears...." now late in Psalms they sing. And having asked God to search out and remove any evil in them, even in their response to evil, an unusual honor.
    A God patient and slow to anger will use them to carry out just response to evil,
    they will justly execute a writ of judgment against nations, kings, peoples, and nobles

    In these last five Psalms in Psalms, the Wicked are referenced seldom, one in ten verses at best
    Now their absence is complete
    From this point on, the wicked are seen no more, nor do they come to mind.
    God has turned the way of the wicked upside down,
    whether by redemption or retribution
    Wicked have departed the book of Psalms, gone is the arrogant
    And God given humble beauty from his people pours into dance before God
    and that glory pours into the last Psalm

    Psalm 150
    Praise is seen in a people dancing
    to the timbrel
    surrounded by music of every known sort
    under his sky
    in his sanctuary

    God heals and helps, the high for the low
    God word is sent and hits the ground running, statutes given
    Praise reflects off both heaven and earth, wind and waves, fire and clouds, every kind of beast and bird
    Praise reflects off God's image bearers. God will beautify the humble
    and they will dance praises before Him to every known instrument
    praise after praise after praise after praise after praise
    watercourse has come to a happy state

    A broken world set right, the humble made beautiful and praising God
    The way of the wicked has been turned upside down

    Let everything with breath praise the Lord
     
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