Psa. 150:1, 2 ¶ 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!
I was recently reading this psalm and was struck by the profound nature of these first two verses. Often times, I just ready over these verses but this time I was stopped in my tracks. I began to see David’s understanding of worship and how specific he was. First he said we are to praise God in His sanctuary. For David, that was the old tattered remains of the tabernacle of Moses that he had carried to Mount Zion. Here David spent hours worshipping the Lord in His manifest presence before the ark of the covenant. This had become David’s tabernacle and their was no veil. David often would be prostrate before the ark, lost in the glory of His presence. Today, we have the same glory available to us in Christ. Today, the place where His glory manifests in the most common and strongest fashion is in the local church. We exist as a church body to be the habitation of His presence. I have to join with David and say, “Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary.”
Next, David says praise the Lord in His mighty heavens. This reminds me of what David also said in Psa. 19:1,2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” The heavens were created for that purpose, to show forth the glory and characteristics of God. Paul said that the heavens display “His eternal power and Godhead”. When a Christian looks into the sky, He is stunned by the greatness of the Almighty. This kind of greatness demands our worship. “Praise him in his mighty heavens!”
David also said we are to praise God for His mighty deeds. There is no end to that because His deeds can’t even begin to be numbered. His greatest works are seen in His work of redemption. Think about what He saved you from, the sinfulness He has washed away, your behavior that He has changed, His deliverance and healing He has displayed in you. “Praise him for his mighty deeds”. Finally, David said to praise the Lord for His excellent greatness. What is he saying here? He is saying to worship the excellent qualities of His character which are manifest in His glory. This is what David had in mind when he said to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The Lord is good, His goodness cries out for our worship. All of creation is worshipping our God, let’s join in with David, the angels, and nature itself. Psa. 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!”
GO AHEAD AND PRAISE HIM
Psa. 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
Jesus said that God is seeking worshippers. To the human ear, that just sounds strange,
to the renewed mind, not so much. You see, worship is the response to seeing greatness. Praise just comes out of our hearts when we see something that stands out as excellent or powerful. You know what I am talking about, the unrestrained cheers when your team wins the Superbowl, the shouts of joy and high fives when a golfer scores the illusive hole in one. What about when your child scores the winning goal, how many people do we tell about our chest swelling joy. Worship is part of our everyday life. Why is it so hard to worship God in a real way? Not just the canned, predictable church songs, I mean the shouts of joy that bubble out of a heart that has seen greatness. Martin Luther had some funny things to say about worship, check him out.
“Go ahead and praise your God. We all use God’s blessings every day, but we never think about where they come from—God. He is the one who gives us everything. Instead, we accept his gifts as if they simply appeared out of nowhere or as if we earned them through our own efforts, diligence, or wisdom. We think that God somehow owes us these things, and therefore we don’t need to thank him. Even animals don’t live that shamefully. Pigs recognize the person who gives them their food. They’ll run after her and cry to her. But the world doesn’t even recognize God, let alone thank and praise him for these blessings. If God’s people must be encouraged to praise him, how can the world be expected to do any better? It’s astounding how unwilling people are to acknowledge what God has done for them and to praise him for it.”
I guess, at the end of the day, worshippers are created when they view the goodness and greatness of God. Worship is not real when we do it out of duty, that smacks of contrived religion and is an insult to the Lord. When someone gets a glimpse of what He is really like, there is nothing left to do, worship is then all we can do. Worship is what happened when the Lord parted the Red Sea, Miriam led the people in the dance. Worship was the result when the anointing fell on David, the manifest presence created a worshipper. When the healing miracles flowed from the ministry of Jesus, the people would begin to shout and glorify the Lord.
Have you ever caught a glimpse of His greatness? If you have, you know what I am talking about. When we see Him for ourselves we can’t help ourselves. Worship is our response to greatness. I guess our response must be to put ourselves in a place to see that greatness. Pursue Him. Seek Him in His word and seek Him where true worshippers gather. Don’t be surprised when you join the ranks of those who worship in Spirit and in truth.
Psa. 150:1-2,6 ¶ Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
When I was a teenager, my parents would suddenly decide we were all going back to church after I had gotten into trouble. In those painful years, my family lived in Colts Neck, New Jersey. After one of my acts of stupidity, we all piled into the car and went to the Colts Neck Reformed Church. That was a really boring experience. At that time in my life, I wanted to be anywhere but church. That’s how it is with most people, it’s not that they are any worse than everyone else, but worship and hearing the Bible preached is unappealing to a lost soul. Of course all of that changed in a few short years. After I received Christ, my awakened soul longed for the courts of our King. Worship not only became tolerable, worship became my passion. My life became consumed with music, I began to join with the angels and the redeemed from every generation praising God in the beauty of holiness. In 1734, Jonathan Edwards preached a powerful Thanksgiving message about worship in heaven. Listen to the passion for worship in an awakened soul.
“When they behold the glorious power of God, they cannot but praise that power: when they see God’s wisdom that is so wonderful, and infinitely beyond all created wisdom, they cannot but continually praise that wisdom; when they view the infinitely pure and lovely holiness of God, whereby the heavens themselves are not pure in comparison with him, how can they avoid with an exalted heart to praise that beauty of the divine nature! When they see the infinite grace of God, and see what a boundless ocean of mercy and love he is, how can they but celebrate that grace with the highest praise!”
What changed in my life when I was born again? I became aware not only of the reality of God, but became staggered by the goodness of God. He became the passion of my life. I was overwhelmed by His power, humbled by His wisdom, convicted by His holiness, and consumed by His relentless love for me. What else could I do but praise Him? Now I can begin to understand why the angels and the inhabitants of heaven are all about worship. When you see Him there is nothing left for you to do, we have to praise our magnificent God. Maybe today you are consumed by the problems and concerns of your daily lives. These stubborn difficulties can be quite distracting and can easily cloud our vision of His greatness. The only answer is to start praising Him whether your feeling it or not, before you know it, the wind of His love will blow away the oppressive clouds of this life. Go ahead, give it a try, let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord !!!.