Praise the Lord
The final Psalm of all begins and ends with the simple exhortation to ‘Praise the Lord’.
If you want a simple summary of the heart behind the Psalms, then the first verse of Psalm I – ‘Blessed is the man’ and the last verse of Psalm 150 – 'Praise the Lord’ give a great indication of all that comes between them!
Read Psalm 150.1-6
There are 4 important questions answered in this Psalm:
1. Where should praises be offered to God?
We see the significance of earth joining heaven in worshiping the Lord. The Psalm is saturated with praise! There is no place where God cannot be given praise and honor!
2. Why should praises be offered to God?
God should be praised because He is great and He is good and He is powerful. By offering genuine and heartfelt praise to the Lord it reinforces in our Spirit that God is all he says He is, is worthy of our praise, and reminds us too that we are His precious children who willingly give Him all glory and honor.
3. How should praises be offered to God?
There are times when God must be praised with specific, intense, musical declarations- with every instrument. Praise can be in every aspect of our life, but the corporate gathering for times of praise cannot be neglected.
4. Who should offer praises to God?
There is a clear summons in this Psalm to all creation. Everything and everyone that has been given ‘breath’ by God should praise Him. We see this prophetically fulfilled in the last book of the Bible – see Revelation 15.3-5 for example.