Day 16: Psalm 150
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
The scriptures encourage us to praise the Lord. There are over 350 times in the Bible that the word praise is used, and the majority of the time it is “Praise the Lord,” “Praise God,” or “Praise Him.”
Praise and thanksgiving please the heart of God. They are the most necessary ingredients in a life of prayer. They are expressions of gratitude, faith, love, and hope.
Praise is adoring God for who He is.
Are there music or songs that have a special way of ushering you into the very presence of God? The psalmist might have been a musician as he was very aware of the importance of using the gift of music in worship. He says to use instruments—it doesn’t matter if they are loud or soft! Praise does not always have to be sitting with hands folded. If you can breathe, praise the Lord! In other words, testimony (words) can be a way to praise the Lord also.
When you have a desire to adore the Lord God Almighty, who is so in love with you, find a way to show Him.
As we approach Pentecost, may you be very intentional about praising the Lord. Search your heart and make His heart glad. He is the one worthy of our praise. Think about how we praise other things and people of this world. What an appropriate time in your walk with the Savior to focus on ways to praise and worship God!
Sharon Whetstone | Finance Assistant, Lima Community Church