Psalm 150… Part of my Bible reading this morning. Last of the Psalms in the Bible. If I were to give it a title, this would be it… “Praise! In the words of Nike… Just do it!”
My advice? When you read this Psalm allow it to create a picture in your mind … a sound in your imagination. (Depending on your personal musical tastes and preferences, that picture will be different – that’s OK! That’s expected!) In fact, my former students who have taken the course Bible Study from me will understand… In fact they will be grinning right now, because I do a wild and crazy thing in class to visualize the kind of worship experience I sometimes visualize as I read this Psalm… Exuberant! Wild! Loud! Uninhibited! God-exalting! Christ-honoring!
So, here’s the psalm for your reading… (Now be sure to let it create a mental picture in your mind – a sound in your imagination!)
“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary!
Praise Him in His mighty heavens!
Praise Him for His mighty deeds!
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!
Praise Him with tambourine and dance!
Praise Him with strings and pipe!
Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
(You…) Praise the Lord!”
Now your picture may have been of a symphony… or it may have been of wild, exciting improvisation – a jazz or rock musical expression… or it may have been of a group of children just “cutting loose” in praise to God with pans, spoons, whistles, whatever – a “rhythms band!” Once more… In the words of Nike… “Praise! Just do it!”