Because of verse 147:2 it is assumed this psalm was written after Israel’s 537 BC return to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity:
“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.” - Psalm 147:2
Psalm 147 praises God for his comfort, his wisdom, his power and his provisions In 147:3-9.
In 147:10-11 men are admonished, particularly the men who have return to restore Israel.
After the first 9 verses acknowledge and thank the Lord verses 10 and 11 identify what does not impress the Lord and what does impress the Lord.
The Lord is NOT impressed with these two things about men (Psalm 147:10):
Men’s physical strength (example: leg muscle and mobility)
Men’s ability to harness and control the powers of nature (example: the horse).
But, we are told that the Lord IS impressed with these two things about men (Psalm 147:11):
1) Men who fear him (example: instead of fearing other men and their ability, or being impressed with their own self.)
2) Men who long for the Lord’s kindness (example: the provisions he is thanked for in 147:3-9)
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