Not my final blog – but rather the final note in the book of Psalms.
I love that the Psalmist throughout Scripture recognizes God and gives praises to Him, even in the hardest of times. This Psalmist ends the book with Psalms 146-150. The final verse of each of these Psalms contains this phrase:
Psalm 146:10b, 147:20b, 148:14b, 149:9b, and 150:6b
“PRAISE THE LORD!”
More interestingly though is how Psalm 150 (the last Psalm) completes the book:
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 tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
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.
In this Psalm, the writer tells us that EVERYTHING that is alive should be praising God. Let’s be clear however: It doesn’t say “when you are happy, praise the Lord.” It doesn’t say “when everything is going your way, praise the Lord.”
It is an unconditional praise that the Psalmist is emphazing – a statement that reminds us that God is worthy and deserving of praise ALL THE TIME! Take just a moment today to praise the Lord. Either in song, prayer, or by smiling and knowing that God created you and everything around you.
Praise the Lord – for He is worthy of our praise!