New Defender's Study Bible Notes
146:1 Praise ye the LORD. Each of the last five psalms (146–150) both begins and ends with “Praise ye the LORD”—i.e., “Hallelujah.” They comprise sort of a “Hallelujah Chorus,” a grand epilogue to the five books, each of which also ends in a grand doxology. In view of the fact that “Hallelujah” occurs only four times in the New Testament, all of which are in the setting of the victorious return of Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:1,3,4,6), perhaps these Hallelujah psalms will be sung at the great gathering of “the general assembly and church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:23) at His throne in heaven.
146:1 O my soul. At the future assembly of “the great congregation” (Psalm 22:25; 40:10; Hebrews 12:23), not only will the whole congregation praise the Lord, so will each individual. “Praise the LORD, O my soul!”
146:2 praises. The words “praise,” “praises,” and “praised” occur more in the Psalms than in all the rest of the Bible together. Further, they occur twice as much in these five “Praise Psalms,” Psalms 146–150, as in any other five chapters in the psalms.
146:6 made heaven, and earth. Psalm 146:1-7 praises the Lord as Creator, Psalm 146:7-9 as Redeemer, Psalm 146:10 as eternal King (compare Colossians 1:16-20).
146:7 executeth judgment. This may refer to the “judgment seat of Christ” (II Corinthians 5:10).
146:8 raiseth them. At the great resurrection/rapture day, we shall receive glorified bodies, as immortal as that of the resurrected Christ (Philippians 3:20,21).