“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens!” All human beings and angels should certainly worship God. Not only has the Lord accomplished very powerful and wonderful works, He simply is great—obviously far above every other so-called “god.”
Every worshiper of the Lord in the days of Old Testament Israel could well have used all their capacities of reason and speech in detailed consideration of the attributes of the Almighty. After thinking about God’s incomparable power, justice, and love, each one among the thousands of His people could have profitably turned to careful thoughts regarding the Lord’s astounding works of providence. These important ideas should have led each of His children to the most sincere activities of heartfelt devotion.
Even among the Gentiles, God could not have remained unknown to all those who were willing to hear reason’s voice as they considered the marvels of creation. Anyone with a stringed instrument or a trumpet, any among the people groups of the earth who could join hands with others and dance, would surely have had many reasons to sing to the glorious Author of Life.
Nonetheless, we are told in Romans 1:18 that human beings, “by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” This rightly provokes a response of divine indignation. Yet the Lord is merciful. He works within the unrighteous who are dead in their sins, bringing many to a saving knowledge of the Son of God. Jews and Gentiles finally embrace the truth of the Lord of Redemption who gave Himself in His death so that His people might live forever. If we ever needed a further reason to make the worship of the Lord our highest priority in life, surely this costly salvation that has come to us through Jesus should be enough to lead every believer to the fullest obedience and trust. This important message in Psalm 150 is a fitting way to complete the wisdom that we find in the Psalter. Above all the other precious truths that have been sung by Israel and the church over these many centuries, this final verse is of the highest importance, for we were made to worship God. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Prayer from A Book of Prayers
Lord God, there is no one like You. We will praise You for who You are and for what You have done. We will praise You with all that we are and all that we have. We will praise You with energy and excellence, for You have granted to us every good gift for the praise of Your glory. We will praise You, O Lord, forever and ever.