Bible Reading: Psalm 150
Praise the Lord! Praise 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.
4 Praise 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!
As we close out the psalms today we are called to be active in what we were created for and that is to worship God. Life is about worship. We all worship something whether we know it or not. Worship is the giving of praise and honor to an object. Worship is reserved for God alone, but we see that the worship of other things can definitely happen. The bible calls that idolatry, where we give the deserving worship of God to another object or person.
What’s amazing about the call to worship here in this closing psalm is that it speaks to both heaven and earth. The call is for all creatures, whether in heaven or earth to join in this most diverse and symphonic hymn of praise. The worship of God is to be the soundtrack to our lives as followers of Jesus and it will be forever.
The call to praise God is based on who He is and the works that He has done. All God’s powerful acts and His surpassing greatness call for us to bring Him praise. There an abundance of reasons and characteristics of God that should lead us to praise Him. One of the things that I have practiced in prayer over the years is to roll through the alphabet and think of a characteristic of God for each letter. It is a way for me to remember the attributes of God and to praise Him for such.
God is not some party pooper. We are to lift our voices and our lives to God, but we are also called to bring some beautiful noise. The call was to bring wind, stringed and percussion instruments, as well as joyful dancing in worship of God. This is one of the things I love about Sunday morning, as we bring all our voices with the accompaniment of instruments in one chorus of praise to God.
So, we see the where and how of worship, but as the psalmist closes he focuses on the who saying, let everything that has breath praise the Lord. May it be so! May we praise the Lord with our voices and lives and may others be attracted to join us in the worship of our great God.
Weekly Memory Verse: The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. Psalm 146.9