Praise-Psalm 150

Psalm 150 “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”

Salmo 150 «Alleluia. Lodate Dio nel suo santuario, lodatelo nella distesa dove risplende la sua potenza.

2 Lodatelo per le sue gesta, lodatelo secondo la sua somma grandezza.

3 Lodatelo con il suono della tromba, lodatelo con il saltèrio e la cetra.

4 Lodatelo con il timpano e le danze, lodatelo con gli strumenti a corda e con il flauto.

5 Lodatelo con cembali risonanti, lodatelo con cembali squillanti.

6 Ogni creatura che respira lodi il Signore. Alleluia.”

      This concluding Psalm is a celebration of praise to the Lord. The word “Praise” and its cognates occur 299 times in the Old Testament and 41 times in the New Testament. When we say “Praise the Lord”, the three words become one word: “hallelujah” in the Hebrew text. This particular Psalm divides praise into where, why, what and who. It tells us “where” praise begins: “in his mighty heavens” (v. 1). The Scriptures teach us that praise is continuous in heaven. Then the Psalmist tells us “why” we should praise in verse 2. It is because of God’s greatness and power. The “what” in this Psalm describes music accompanied by instruments and dancing. Finally, the “who” mandates the universality of praise calling for every living thing to give praise to the Lord. As a concluding amen, “Hallelujah” (“Praise the Lord”) is repeated again.

     This Psalm is unique in that there is no cry from the Psalmist about his life, no complaining about injustice and no repentance for failures. It simply gives us a small glimpse of Heaven. Someday we will be “in his sanctuary” (v. 1) participating with God’s creation in praise. The majority of this Psalm is directed to us on earth. If we allow God’s praise to fill our heart and lips, we will understand better why the Scriptures teach us so much about it.

Pray with me: Lord, I know that You want me to understand better the importance of praise. Help me to diligently follow the biblical practice of praise in my life.

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