1 Praise the LordPraise God in His sanctuary;Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds;Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound;Praise Him with harp and lyre.4Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150 is arguably the shortest possible primer on what it means to praise God.
Because of God’s greatness and miraculous works, He is worthy of our whole praise, every single day.The text gives us where to praise (v. 1), why to praise (v. 2), how to praise (vv. 3-5), and who does the praising (v. 6).
The locations of our praise are far and wide—“Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse” (v. 1). The reference to “sanctuary” and “mighty expanse” (or “firmament” or “sky”) in verse 1 refers to our earthly praise, as well as the angels’ heavenly praise.
Worship is a sweet and holy moment where man and angels meet, singing the songs of heaven with one accord.
The reference to various instruments in verses 3-5 speak to the freedom of our worship; it does not matter what you use to praise God so long as you praise Him.
Whether trumpet, harp, lyre, or dance—whatever you have—bring it. His miraculous deeds warrant our worship in every area of our lives, with every tool we have. Verse 6 speaks to the inevitability of all creation praising God.
Even with creation’s very existence—“everything that has breath” (v. 6)
—God’s creatures praise Him.
Psalm 150:6 reminds us of John’s vision in Revelation 5:13: “And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, ‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.’”
- According to this passage, where are we to praise God? How are we to praise God? With whom are we to praise God?
- What can you do to praise God more willingly and consistently?
- Praise the Lord for who He is and for what He has done in your life. Pray that you would praise Him with everything at your disposal, holding nothing back.