July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

PSALM 146-150

Focus Verse: 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.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150

 

I love these last few chapters of the book of Psalms. I isolated Psalm 150 today, but all of today’s reading, Psalm 146-150, is such a cool way to end the book of Psalms. When reading through these chapters, especially if you read through them out loud, it has the feel of a fireworks show reaching its climax.

 

The entire book of Psalms characterizes a life of praise to God. There are ups and downs, good times and bad times, situations when it’s easy to praise God and situations where we have to shout at our souls to bless the Lord. So when we reach these last few chapters, you can’t help but get that same kind of feeling that one feels during the grand finale of a fireworks display.

 

Fireworks are such a fitting analogy for praise too. Praise is beautiful, praise is explosive, praise is a celebration, praise is loud, praise grabs everyone’s attention…I could go on and on.

 

I encourage you to read through these last few chapters out loud. Keep in mind that it’s the grand finale of the book of Psalms and read it that way. I’ll even give you the “goosebump challenge”: I dare you to read through this, increasing in volume and energy and emotion all the way until the end, and NOT get goosebumps.

 

It’s so powerful! But then again, praise is powerful, so why should the end of God’s book on praise be anything different.

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