Scriptures

Psalm 150

Introduction

In Psalms 146-150, the focus is purely on the praising of God. There are no requests and there are no cries of distress, they are all simply psalms of praise, where the psalmists praise God for who He is and what He’s done.

In this psalm, the psalmist simply praises God because He and He alone is worthy of our praise.

‘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.’ Psalm 150:1-6

The psalmist begins by declaring the great hallelujah, that is, praise the LORD.

They encourage everything which has breath to praise God in His sanctuary and in His mighty heavens, that is, the sky, Genesis 1:6. Today as Christians we have Christ as our sanctuary, 1 Corinthians 3:16 / 2 Corinthians 6:16 / Hebrews 8:1-2 / Revelation 21:22.

Everything which has breath should praise God for His acts of power, this was clearly demonstrated when Christ rose from the grave, Ephesians 1:19-20.

Everything which has breath should praise God for His surpassing greatness, that is, they should praise God simply because of who He is and what He has done.

The psalmist now turns their attention to musical instruments, they were the instruments that were used to praise God in the Old Testament, because in the New Testament, we’re commanded to use our voices to praise God, Ephesians 5:19 / Colossians 3:16.

God’s people were to praise God with the sounding of the trumpet, that is, the cornet. They were to praise God using the harp and lyre, Isaiah 5:12, the timbrel, Isaiah 5:12 / Exodus 15:20 / Judges 11:34 / 2 Samuel 6:5 / 1 Chronicles 13:8 / Job 21:12 / Psalm 81:2, the strings, 1 Samuel 18:16 / Isaiah 38:20 / Habakkuk 3:19, the pipe, Job 21:12 / Job 30:31, the clash of cymbals, resounding cymbals.

Notice also they were to praise God with dancing, Exodus 15:20 / Psalm 149:3, this was also practised in the Old Testament as part of their worship.

Everyone and everything which has breath are encouraged to praise the LORD, Genesis 1:24-25 / Genesis 7:21-22 / Revelation 5:13. The psalmist ends their psalm in the same manner they began, with the great hallelujah, praise the LORD, Isaiah 35:10.

Conclusion

The authors of Psalms 146-150, encouraged everything and everyone whom God created to praise God in worship of Him because of who He is and what He has done.

The purpose of our worship is to glorify honour, praise, exalt, and please God. Our worship must show our adoration and loyalty to God for His grace in providing us with the way to escape the bondage of sin, so we can have the salvation He so much wants to give us.

The nature of the worship God demands is the prostration of our souls before Him in humble and contrite submission, James 4:5 / James 4:10.

Our worship of God is a very humble and reverent action, John 4:23-24. It doesn’t say we can worship God any way we want, but we ‘must worship Him in spirit and in truth’. The word ‘must’ makes it absolute. There is no other way we can worship God and be acceptable to Him.

God seeks true worshippers, and He identifies them as those who ‘worship Him in spirit and in truth’. Worshipping God in spirit means that it must be done from the heart. Worshipping God in truth means that it must be done according to what God has specified in the Bible.

Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a serious matter which must not be taken lightly. If we have any regard for our own souls, we will want to make sure we are worshipping God in spirit and in truth.

Since God is the object of our worship, He and He alone has the right to determine how we are to worship Him, Jeremiah 10:23. We are not granted the option of directing our own ways in religion.

God is the One who we look to for guidance and direction in our lives. Our very best in worship is due to God and is prescribed by Him in the Bible.

The worship God has prescribed is the only way we can be pleasing to Him in this life and finally attain everlasting life with Him in eternity.

The Christian’s worship is of the greatest importance. Worship is a time when we pay deep, sincere, awesome respect, love, and fear to the one who created us, Acts 17:24-25. God is the one who holds our eternal destiny in His hands.

Our salvation is a very serious matter and will not happen by accident. We must work it out ‘with fear and trembling’, Philippians 2:12. Our salvation depends on whether our worship is pleasing to God or not. On the Day of Judgment, it will be too late to make any corrections.

Worship should cause us to reflect on the majesty and graciousness of God and Christ, as contrasted to our own unworthiness. God does not have to have our worship, but we must worship Him to please Him.

Our singing, praying, studying His word, giving, and communion are designed by God to bring us closer to Him and to cause us to think more like He thinks, thus becoming more like Him. Our worship not only honours and magnifies God, but it is also for our own edification and strength, James 4:8.

Worship helps us develop a God-like and Christ-like character. We become like unto those we admire and worship. When we worship God, we tend to value what God values and gradually take on the characteristics and qualities of God, but never to His level, Philippians 2:5.

We renew our minds as we study and meditate on God’s word and worship Him, Romans 12:2. When we worship God, we develop such traits as forgiveness, tenderness, justice, righteousness, purity, kindness, and love.

All of this is preparing us for eternal life in heaven with God and Christ, Colossians 3:2.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city."

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