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 NIV

The last Psalm; number 150!! The last one of the psalms and David wraps up this book with a glorious psalm of praise. It literally says praise in every sentence. In a book where we see the deepest emotions, frustrations, feelings, fears, and thoughts of David and the other writers in Psalms, I think it is amazing to see the final thoughts in this book is all about praise. As you read through the Psalms, you see directly into what David was going through at different times throughout this book. He goes through crazy things like being hunted down by packs of men, an army after him trying to kill him, long journeys to escape death, rebellions against him led by his own son, and more. I love the fact that after all of these things, the last psalm is about praise to God.

The Psalmist here is goes through all facets of how to praise God, why to praise God, in what ways to praise God, who should praise God, where to praise God, and ends in verse 6 with let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Guess what… That means us. This challenge is one that should invoke a spark of praise within us. Our God is worthy of this! Think about what you do on a day to day basis? Walk to class, hang with friends on your hall, study your life away in the MLC, stand in line for food at Bolton, and so on. Jesus came and died for us so that we may give him praise and I am such a firm believer that God can be praised in so many different ways, even amidst the things you do on an everyday basis.

an opportunity

Paul writes in 1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” We have the opportunity to praise God and exalt God in our actions towards the people in our classes and on the bus, in our words as we speak to our friends and to our professors during office hours, in our gifts as we use them to serve the people around us. Our God is worthy of this! When we learn to intentionally make an effort to praise God in these things then it opens the door for us to seek him and find him and praise him in our times of worship on a Monday night or during our personal times with God. We are called to this. Jesus came and died so that we get to do this. Let’s do this. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. 

pray

God,
You are worthy of our praise. We are grateful for the opportunity to praise Your name, Jesus. Thank You for dying so that we may praise You. Lord, open my eyes to see opportunities that I am missing to exalt You. May I seek You in all things and praise you unashamedly. Amen.