PRAISE THE LORD! Psalm 150 The 3W&H of Praise

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

Readings for May 2, 2021; Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 150; 1 John4:11 (12-21); John 15:1-8

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

Psalm 150 is all about praising the Lord. It is the 3W&H of Praise:

Where is the Lord to be praised?

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. (verse 1)

I like the Message’s interpretation of this verse, which says:  

Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies.

The praises of God shall be heard in his house of Worship, the church. So enter his Sanctuary with the expectation of hearing his praises. Do not neglect yourself the privilege of basking in the praises of the Lord during your church’s Worship services. For it is here where the church on Earth is joined with the Saints in Heaven in singing his praises.

Also, his praises shall be proclaimed in all of his creation, and in the lives of his creation. So take time to listen to his praises resounding all around you from that which he has created, and give thanks.

Why is the Lord to be praised?

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. (verse 2)

Yes, we can see his power in the mighty seas, in the roaring winds, and in the pounding rains. All the earth proclaims his power. Also, creation exhibits his immeasurable details in the countless living things, from plants to trees to bushes to vines to humans to animals to plants to birds to fish, and the list goes on and on. However, his power and greatness does not end with the creation of the world as given in Genesis 1. Let the Lord be praised for his surpassing greatness and love as shown in all that Christ has done for us, and in his power over sin, death and the devil. He has conquered death in his power and might, and has proclaimed salvation to those who believe. Praise be to God for this act of love, power and surpassing greatness!

Who is to praise the Lord?

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (verse 6)

Everything in all of creation that lives is to proclaim his praises. Of course we hear the sound of praises from all the varieties of birds of the air, and the calls of the wild. However, how awesome is it that all of humankind shall proclaim the Lord’s praises. His praises are not kept for a select few, but each and every human being. Therefore, may everyone, on the earth now and in heaven above, resound the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light!

How is the Lord to be praised?

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. (verse 3-5)

I love these verses! Alongside the praises coming from our lips, are the praises made to the Lord through the sounds of the vast array of instruments. These instruments range from percussion to strings to brass to winds. They include the blast of the trumpet to the sweetest sounds of the harp to the awakening clashes of the cymbals to the floating timbres of the lute to the soul reaching chords of the strings. All the instruments of the earth are worthy of proclaiming the praise of the Lord. For it is not the instrument itself that is worthy, but the heart of the person by whom the instrument’s sounds are being made.

So, Praise the Lord with your voice and dance for the joy of the Lord, lift up the sounds of your heart in all you touch and join in praising the Lord with everything that has breath in his holy house and in all of creation. Praise the Lord!

Prayer: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. (Psalm 8:1) Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. (Psalm 51:15) To you alone be all glory, honour, and praise! In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

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