Psalm 150 and Luke 19:28-40

Let’s make some noise! This is the last Psalm and there is a definite agenda here: what we should do; where we should do it; for what reason we do it; with what aids we should do it; and a summary statement – everything should do it. This Psalm commands us to praise the Lord in His sanctuary and in His mighty heavens (that pretty much means everywhere) and if we jump to the end we find the command that “everything that has breath praise the Lord.” What we have here is – everything everywhere should praise the Lord! Why should everything praise Him? We should praise Him because of His acts of power, His mighty deeds, and His excellent greatness – because of who He is and what He has done. How should we praise Him? Get out your instruments and put on your dancing shoes because in this Psalm the praise of God requires us to be loud and active. Other Psalms tell us to be contemplative in our worship, so both ends of the spectrum are represented. Most importantly we must remember that it is God Himself who ordains how we should praise Him. Simply gathering as believers and doing “what we like” or “what makes us feel the presence of the Lord” may not qualify as genuine praise.

Take this day and commit yourself to whole-hearted and genuine praise of the God who is worthy of all that we can give Him.

Prayer: Lord, Your deeds are mighty and Your excellence is great.  Show me how I may best praise You in accordance with Your Word and will.  May I not be ashamed to demonstrate my joy and exceitement with who You are and what You have done in my life.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

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