Praise the Lord!
I enjoy this Psalm for many reasons! First, I enjoy it because it tells us to praise the Lord with music! Sure, the ram’s horn, lyre, harp, and flutes, aren’t used in worship services at our church, but we certainly use our electric guitars to praise the Lord! We definitely praise God with “loud clanging cymbals!”
Second, I enjoy this Psalm because it both tells us why we should praise the Lord and how we should praise the Lord. We praise God for “his mighty works” & “his unequaled greatness.” It gives us reasons why we sing and play music to the Lord! If you have been around Center Point for any time, you might have heard of the A-C-T-S method of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. This Psalm involves both adoration (Praise him for his unequaled greatness!) and thanksgiving (Praise him for his mighty works).
Lastly, I enjoy this Psalm because it is a great conclusion to the entirety of the collection of Psalms. You could say that this is a summary of all the Psalms that have come before it. In the Psalms we see a variety of emotions from joy (Psalms 16, 98, 100, 126, and more) to sorrow (Psalms 4, 6, 23, 32, 42, and more). Psalm 150:6 concludes the collection with “Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Whatever we go through, times of joy or times of sorrow, we can take comfort and praise the Lord!
Since the Psalms are a collection of songs, one of my favorite things to do is to find music set to these words! As we begin to study other passages of Scripture, I encourage you to read and listen to the Psalms throughout the year! Here are a few albums that sing the Psalms:
What has been your favorite Psalm we have read this summer? Answer in the comments below.
By: Lucas Taylor — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Aprrentice