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Psalm 148 presents a good example of how the Hebrews saw the universe. The psalm is all about giving praise to God. It goes through all the creation, commanding the various elements to praise their creator. The first half deals with the heavens; the second with the earth and with man, God’s special creation. Here are the first six verses:

Praise the LORD. [a]
       Praise the LORD from the heavens,
       praise him in the heights above.

 2 Praise him, all his angels,
       praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

 3 Praise him, sun and moon,
       praise him, all you shining stars.

 4 Praise him, you highest heavens
       and you waters above the skies.

 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
       for he commanded and they were created.

 6 He set them in place for ever and ever;
       he gave a decree that will never pass away.

I find it fascinating that in verse 4 the psalmist commands the waters above the heavens to praise God. I have heard the argument used by some young earth creationists that these waters refer to a water vapor canopy that may have contributed to long life on earth. Also, others have said that this canopy collapsed and contributed to the waters of the flood. It seems like verse 4 blows this theory out of the waters. (Pardon the pun.) Clearly, the psalmist says that the waters are STILL there.

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