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Let us look at Psalm 150. In this Psalm, whom most theologians believe David wrote, we see that God wanted to remind us that we are to praise the Lord continually. It is easy for us to praise the Lord when things are going well in our lives. In this Psalm we can see that we are to praise the Lord when things are great, when things are tough, when life is at its best and when life is at its most difficult. We are to keep on praising the Lord. In this Psalm we see that God, through David’s pen, describes what real worship and praise is.

In verse one, David answers the question, where do we praise the Lord? It tells us that we are to praise Him in the sanctuary or in the church house. We should make attending the house of God a priority in our lives. It also says that we are to praise Him “in the firmament of His power” that speaks not just of the earth but in all of His creation. That tells us that we are to praise the Lord everywhere we are because He is worthy of our continual praise.

In verse two, David answers the question, how do we praise the Lord? We are to praise Him for all the things He has done for us. We praise Him for meeting our needs. Most importantly we must praise Him for the salvation He purchased for us through the cross of Calvary, where He saw us in our sins and shed His precious blood to cover our multitude of sins. Praise Him for arising from the grave so that we can rejoice that death has no hold on those who have received Jesus as their Savior and the hope of being in His presence when life on earth is over. His great work of salvation is worthy of our continual praise.

In verses three through five, David answers the question, what do we praise the Lord with? Each instrument mentioned in this text had a special purpose of worship in the day of David. The trumpet was used to call the assembly together for worship. We have been called to come into the church for a time of corporate worship where we can lift up the great name of the Lord. The psaltery and harp were used for divine worship and to bring comfort to the hearts of the worshippers. When we come together for worship, it must come from the depths of our hearts. It is time we stopped following traditions, rituals or habits, that make us feel good but in reality does not worship and praise the Lord.

The timbrels were types of hand drums that are often mentioned in scripture together with dance. They tell us that real worship and praise will cause us to get up and move. We cannot sit still and do nothing if we are truly worshipping the Lord. God never intended for us to be spectators of worship but participants in praise. The stringed instruments gives us a picture of many different instruments and that shows us that God can use all of us our uniqueness to worship Him. The organ mentioned here is what we call a “mouth organ” and that just tells us that we should use our mouths to lift up the Lord in praise and worship.

The loud cymbals were used so that their sound could be heard for a long distance. This speaks of not being ashamed of the Lord and shouting His praise so that all can hear how great and awesome the God we serve is. The high sounding cymbals were used for joyous occasions. We have been delivered from sin, death, hell and the grave through Jesus Christ and that is something we should be joyous about and let others know what Jesus has done for us and what He can do for them. Simply put, we should take all the Lord has given us and use it to continually praise the Lord.

In verse 6, David answers the question, who is to praise the Lord? He says that everything that has breath should praise the Lord. Albert Barnes wrote, “All living things in the air, the earth, the waters. Let there be one universal burst of praise. Let his praises be celebrated not only with instruments of music, but let all living beings unite in that praise; let a breathing universe combine in one solemn service of praise.” No one is left out, we all should lift up praise and worship for the Lord. So many times we get caught up in our gripes, complaints, problems or cares that we forget just how good God has been to us and no matter what we are facing that God is still worthy of our praise and worship.

Today let us take time to stop, and wherever we are, with what we have, truly lift up real praise and worship to our God Jehovah because He deserves our praise. “All that hath breath praise the Lord, praise ye the Lord.”

Tim Burton is pastor of Flippin Memorial Baptist Church.

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