I had a moment to meditate and pray of Psalm 150 at some point last week.
V1 – Praise the Lord in His sanctuary – As Christians we believe that God dwells with us. He is in our hearts. Our bodies are temples. Therefore may we offer ourselves as living sacrifices. May our houses become houses of praise.
V1 – Praise the Lord In His mighty heavens – We pray, ‘may Your kingdom come, may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’. Therefore may we praise God in the earth. As we walk by trees in the park, as we look up into the sky. As we go about our days may we praise God, for He is working with us to bring heaven to earth.
V2 – Praise Him for His acts of power – When I think of God’s greatest acts of power. I think of creation (when God made the whole universe, with His words alone!). I also think of Redemption, when God redeemed the world, reconciled us and fulfilled all the promises He had made previously. How? By the mighty power He exerted by raising Christ from the dead! May we praise Him for these things.
V2 – Praise Him for His surpassing greatness – Paul explains that what God can achieve is ‘immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine’. Let us praise Him for this.
V3 – Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet. – When did the Israelites use the trumpets? When going into battle, when expecting victory. May we praise God in our daily battles, may we praise Him in our victories.
How do you play a trumpet? With a deep breath and lungs full of air. Breath in and breath out praise!
V3 – Praise Him with the harp and lyre – Again, when might we use a harp or lyre? Probably when we are in a place of rest and enjoyment (definitely not battle!). So let us praise Him in our rest and in our joy!
V4 – Praise Him with timbrel and dancing – Praise Him in the celebrations of life. In the good times. The timbrel or tambourine, and dancing, are full body motions. Let us put our bodies into praising God. Moving with praise.
V4 – Praise Him with the strings and pipes – May we praise Him in mourning and sorrow. When I think of the strings and pipes, I think of difficult instruments, let us praise Him with skill and intricacy. May it not be just with clumsy, thoughtless moments (although those are good too!) let us praise Him skilfully and intentionally.
V5 – Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with the resounding cymbals! – Completely the opposite from strings and pipes! Praise Him with the spontaneous, sporadic! Let our praise be rude, intrusive and noisy. Let us not just use quiet moments of dignity to praise Him, but let us be undignified! Let us interrupt our lives, and the lives of others, to praise Him. Yes the cymbals are offensive. But you know what? Even a toddler, can play the cymbal and don’t we all know it! If you’ve ever seen a young kid walk up to a drum kit, the first thing they hit really hard, is the cymbal. May our praise be childlike!
Let us, people a people of praise. Praising God! Amen.