The last chapter in the book of Psalms is all about praising Jesus. In just six short verses, the psalmist makes it clear who we are to praise, where to give our praise, what to praise Him for, how to praise Him, and who is be doing the praising.
Who and where to praise
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
The very first verse of this psalm tells us exactly who to praise. In the original Hebrew language, the word translated as Lord is Yaw or Yaweh, which is transliterated into the English language as God.
The second part of verse 1 also tells us where to praise Him. We’re to praise Him in His sanctuary (the house of God) and everywhere else. That tells us two things. First, we’re meant to worship the Lord with others which is why it’s important to attend church. Second, it tells us that it’s we should worship Him everywhere and anywhere we happen to be.
What to praise Him for
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Verse two tells us to praise Him for the great things He’s done and for who He is. His greatness exceeds everyone else by so vast a margin that our human minds can’t fully comprehend how great our God really is.
We should praise the Lord for the reasons given here but, if you give it some thought, I’ll bet you can come up with many specific things that He’s done for you that you can praise Him for.
How to praise Him
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Verses 3 through 5 list all the types of musical instruments that can be used for worship. God loves music and He loves it when we sing loudly. So, when the musicians are worshiping God with their instruments and singing on the church stage, don’t stand silently or just mouth the words, hoping that nobody notices. Even if you’re a terrible singer, God wants you to lift up your voice to Him in praise!
Who should praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Um, this includes everybody, doesn’t it? Not only does God want all people to worship the Lord but every living creature as well. This means you and me and all living and breathing things.
Do you think that songbird in the tree in my backyard knows that she’s worshiping the Lord?
Did you know that there are 10 distinct ways to worship God?
Have you given much thought lately about what you’re thankful for? Here’s why we should thank the Lord and how we can give Him thanks.
I’ve been a Christian for more than 40 years. In 2013, I began growing in a closer relationship with God as I turned over more and more of my life to Him and asked Him for wisdom. Since then, I’ve been strongly compelled to share God's word and to warn others that we need to get ready because Jesus is coming soon.