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 exceptional greatness. praise him with the sound of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and the lyre, praise him with the tambourine and the dance, praise him with the string and the flute, praise him with the crash of the cymbals, praise him do it with crashing cymbals. Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Ps 150)
The psalmist has compiled a list so that you and I have no excuse not to praise the Lord. First, the psalmist says where to praise God. There are two places to praise God. 1. In his sanctuary on earth. A shrine, in its original meaning, is a holy place where people go to worship and receive instruction from God. Inside a church building there is a shrine that people use for the same purpose. The Bible says in Ezekiel 43:7, “He said, Son of man, this is the place of the throne, and the place of the soles of my feet. Here I will live among the Israelites forever. The house of Israel shall never again defile my holy name, neither they nor their kings with their prostitution and lifeless idols or their kings in the high places 2. In the firmament (heaven) God called the expanse heaven (Genesis 1:8).
The psalmist gives two betrayals to praise God. 1. For his mighty deeds, and 2. For his greatness.
The psalmist suggested 10 useful things to praise God: trumpet, God ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sound of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises, sing praises to our king, sing praises, for God is the king of all the earth; sing him a psalm of praise. Harp and lyre: Praise the Lord with the harp; make him music on the 10 string lyre. Sing him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy. Tambourine and dance: Sing for joy to God our strength; cry aloud to the God of Jacob. Start the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre, sound the ram’s horn at the new moon. Strings and flute, clash of cymbals, resounding cymbals.
Maybe you and I can say that we have no musical skills. My friends, not knowing how to play a musical instrument cannot be used as a valid excuse, because the psalmist ended with these following words: Let all that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Friends, if you and I are breathing right now, we must praise the Lord.
Roland Millien, is a board advisor and director of leadership development at Zion Baptist Church in Stoughton. He can be reached at 781-971-0202.