Praise Him

Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia.

(Psalm 150:1-6)

 

Scripture Study

150:1. Given the parallelism in the verse, “sanctuary” refers directly to heaven, where God dwells, but, given what the psalm goes on to say, it also includes the temple of Jerusalem in which the festive liturgy takes place (vv. 3–5), and also the entire world inhabited by all living things (v. 6).

150:2. All the motives for praise found in the book are summarized in this verse—God’s mighty deeds of salvation and his dominion over the cosmos.

150:3–5. The musical instruments mentioned are those used to convoke solemn assemblies (the “trumpet”: v. 3) and in temple liturgies and pilgrimages (vv. 4–5; cf. Ps 149:3). As regards the various instruments mentioned here, a spiritual writer comments: “All these instruments of giving praise to God are the saints themselves, who offer to God the polyphonic song of their joint glorification. God is praised through all their deeds because every movement made by those who sing is in tune with the Spirit that inspires praise within them” (Prosper of Aquitaine, Expositio Psalmorum, 150, 3).

150:6. The Hebrew term translated here as “everything that breathes” (nesamá) is applied in the Bible only to God and man (cf. Gen 2:7; 2 Sam 22:16). Its use here indicates that only man is able to sing the praise of God on behalf of all creation.[1]

Reflection

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Alleluia.

Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don’t know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school? What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile. 

We praise God because it gets the focus off ourselves and onto God — so we can talk to Him and not at him. That’s why we start with praise. If you want help learning how to praise God, read through the Book of the Psalms. Many of them were written simply to praise God. If you read them aloud, you’ll learn a lot about praising God in prayer. Praise the Lord!

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

 

 

 

[1] James Gavigan, Brian McCarthy, and Thomas McGovern, eds., Psalms and the Song of Solomon, The Navarre Bible (Dublin; New York: Four Courts Press; Scepter Publishers, 2003), 477.