Psalm 150:1-6. Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Praise is the expression of approval or admiration of someone or something. In our psalm we are exhorted to praise the Lord. When we praise God our eyes are lifted off of self and on to the creator and lover of our souls. One song puts it this way...and the things of earth grow strangely dim! Focus is everything. When our eyes are on earth or man we will be disappointed. Colossians 3:2 says to set our minds on things above not on earthly things. Why? Because that which we do not see with our natural eyes is eternal.
When we praise God we remember who He is. He is loving, kind, merciful, faithful, and full of compassion. He is our savior, redeemer, healer, provider and friend. But the psalm tells us to praise Him for his acts of power. Those are the times when supernaturally He delivered you or intervened in your life and you know it. If it hadn't been for God...He cares about every detail of your life and He will step in and part the sea if need be. We must remember that our God is all-powerful and there is nothing too difficult for him.
Next, we are told how to praise Him. One thing is clear - pull out everything and make noise! Celebrate who God is and what He does. Declare it into the heavenlies. There was a time when drums were a controversy in church but here in this psalm it says to praise Him with the clashing of the cymbals. In other words, in whatever way and by whatever means, praise the Lord. Psalm 98 and 100 both say make a joyful noise to the Lord. That joyful noise may not be the same for everyone but God does not care what the sound is, the issue is the heart. Is it unto the Lord? Then it is acceptable and sweet to him.
Finally, our psalm says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. When Jesus was entering Jerusalem the whole crowd was joyfully praising Him and the Pharisees where offended and wanted Him to rebuke the people. Jesus’ response was " if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. When you do, fountains will spring forth from your inner most being and praise will be an expression of that love, for in Him we live and move and have our very being.
Prayer: “Father, I praise you for you are great and your love endures forever! I thank you for your loving kindness and tender mercies. I praise your Holy name! Thank you for all you have done in my life. I ask you would open my eyes to see you more so I will never loose sight of your eternal goodness. In Jesus mighty name, Amen!”