Praise the Lord. (Hallelujah) 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. (Hallelujah)
As we come to the end of the Psalms, God does not want you to miss the priority of praise. The theme of praise dominates the psalms, but in the closing verses it is as if the songwriter brings in each section of the orchestra into a grand finale. Musicians and dancers are called to lead all beings on earth, and in heaven in praise of God. There is to be no instrument left out. Brass, strings, woodwind, and percussion must all join in the praise of a God so great! The list of musical instruments tells us God wants every class and group of people to praise him. This worship band is going to sound like a parade at Disneyland!
The song begins and ends with the word Hallelujah, or Praise the Lord, and tells us 13 times to praise the LORD! The psalm proclaims to whom praise shall be given, “God” (verse 1), where praise shall be given, “in his mighty heavens,” and “in his sanctuary,” (verse 1), what praise shall be given and why, “for his acts of power,” and his “surpassing greatness,” (verse 2); how praise shall be given, “trumpet, harp, lyre, timbrel, dancing, strings, pipe, cymbals.” (verse 3-5); and by whom, “everything that has breath,” (verse 6).
The word “sanctuary” (verse 1), relates to God’s people coming together for worship, so praising God should be a priority in our worship services. Focus on the words of the praise songs in worship, participate in the praise! As you sing, you will be drawn into thoughts of God instead of yourself. You will remember the grace you have received from God through his Son, Jesus.
I Corinthians 3:16 says, “don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple.” (sanctuary). Jesus makes his sanctuary in the individual believer. This reminds us to begin each day focusing our thoughts on God, and what He has done for us. As we do, our hearts will be filled with praise. As we offer praise to God in our private devotions, or prayer, we are joining the chorus of angels who praise God continually!
We are to praise God for “his acts of power,” (verse 2). The singer of Psalm 150 had only a shadowy knowledge of the resurrection of Jesus (Ephesians 1:19-20), but we know the ultimate demonstration of God’s power was raising Jesus from the dead. For this and all his mighty acts, we should praise Him.
The sense of verses 3-5 is: use your breath to blow the trumpet; use your fingers to play the harp and lyre; use your whole hand to hit the tumbrel and cymbals, move your body in dance. In other words, put your whole self into praising the LORD. Our worship does not need to be dull, we should sing and make music to praise the God who has saved us in Jesus Christ and is preparing us for praising Him for an eternity in Heaven.
Verse 6 is an amazing statement to end the Psalms. Everything that breathes should give praise to God who gave it breath! If we received life from the Creator we must give something in return, that is our praise. Revelation 4:11, “Worthy are You, our LORD and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we worship and praise you! We bow down before you and thank you for your gift of grace in Jesus. Help us when we sing and make music to focus on you and your greatness, for you alone are worthy to receive praise. Amen.
“Give Us Back The Joy” – Mark Hood
Cloudy House Music wants to encourage, inspire, and equip the church to become increasingly more intimate with God. As in 2 Chronicles, powerful things happen when God’s people unite for His glory. We pray that you find yourself singing our songs both in and outside the walls of your church, transforming whatever your environment, into a cloudy house.