Psalm 150 in my Bible reading today – Last one in the “Hymns of Praise” section at the very end of the Psalter!
A key to quality Bible study is to always honor the “purpose clues” the inspired writer includes in a passage when interpreting (and applying) what a passage teaches… That’s certainly true of Psalm 150 (which has suffered in this regard with those who have sought to interpret (and apply) its message over the years!
Contrary to how this Psalm has been used in the past, this is NOT a psalm that has as its purpose suggesting appropriate places where God might be worshipped… or emphasizing different methods or techniques of worship, or advocating different of instruments (or lack of them) that are suitable for worship… In fact, in keeping with the “purpose clues” within the 150th Psalm it could be appropriately captioned with words from the Nike ad… “Praise the Lord… JUST DO IT!!”
Here’s what it says…
“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!
[YOU or “Ya’all”] PRAISE THE LORD!”
Hey, I’m gonna do it!!