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A Lesson In Praise

Psalm 150 is not only a beautiful expression of praise, it’s also a lesson in praising the Lord. It tells us where to praise, why we’re to praise, how we’re to praise, and who should offer praise.

Where do we praise? In God’s “sanctuary” and “mighty firmament” (v.1). Wherever we are in the world is a proper place to praise the One who created all things.

Why do we praise? First, because of what God does. He performs “mighty acts.” Second, because of who God is. The psalmist praised Him for “His excellent greatness” (v.2). The all-powerful Creator is the Sustainer of the universe.

How should we praise? Loudly. Softly. Soothingly. Enthusiastically. Rhythmically. Boldly. Unexpectedly. Fearlessly. In other words, we can praise God in many ways and on many occasions (vv.3-5).

Who should praise? “Everything that has breath” (v.6). Young and old. Rich and poor. Weak and strong. Every living creature. God’s will is for everyone to whom He gave the breath of life to use that breath to acknowledge His power and greatness.

Praise is our enthusiastic expression of gratitude to God for reigning in glory forever.

Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen! —Watts
Praise is the overflow of a joyful heart.

Insight

The focus of this psalm is obvious. The word praise is used 13 times in these 6 short verses. Praise is defined as “expressing approval of or admiration for someone or something.” But this definition seems dry and stiff. In today’s psalm, praise is an occasion for celebration—involving music and dance. Praise of the Lord is a joyous occasion, a celebration of who He is and what He has done. The psalmist simply assumes that joy, excitement, and happiness are all part of our praise to God.

15 thoughts on “A Lesson In Praise

  1. ljoe35 says:

    Thank you, Dr.-P. Happy Thanksgiving to my ODB family. Please pray for a revival in America! Peace to all.

  2. everglo says:

    God asks first and foremost for our praise to Hm and about Him. Six times in the Old Testament he refers to Himself as a jealous God. He not only asks for but expects our praise of Him.
    What better day to praise Him then on Thanksgiving day.
    We wish our friends south of the border happy Thanksgiving day and as Dr. P says it needs to be 365 days a year worldwide that we praise and give thanks to Him and not just one day a year!

  3. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Praise God for the leaders who started this nation as a nation under Your Headship and chose to set a day apart to honor and praise and thank you for who you are.
    Praise you Lord for the Our Daily Bread Family.

  4. elderelbert says:

    1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

    Why do we praise? First, because of what God does. He performs “mighty acts.” Second, because of who God is. The psalmist praised Him for “His excellent greatness” (v.2). The all-powerful Creator is the Sustainer of the universe.
    Knowing this, and understanding the time we live in as saints of God, called to proclaim the goodness and mercy of Jesus Christ. We know if we are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are we; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon us: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on our part he is glorified.
    I knew when there was no gory of God in my life when I was driven by my flesh and the fancies of this world. Today though I can praise God even in my afflictions and in my joys; but the word always reminds me of this; when I give God the glory and praise while I’m going through….. It speaks volumes of the power of God working in my life. Can you praise God with me today and ask God to touch someone else that is going through a rough time and at that moment may they look up to heaven and begin to praise God, and may the miracles of God fall on them so that God gets the glory, and a soul is saved. Amen
    Elder Charles Elbert

  5. bawrosa says:

    I praise your name my God, I praise your wonderful name. You are amazing and so worthy to be praised. Thank you for loving me inspite of me.

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