I. Read Psalm 150
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 timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
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.
Introduction – In the beginning the Psalms speak of the Law of the Lord and how it serves as a source of nourishment and life to our souls. In progressing through the Psalms a wide range of human experience is expressed. There is suffering. There is conflict. There is grief and loss. There is great fear and dread. There is anticipation of the promises of the Lord. In this last Psalm there is the culmination of all things – the praise of Him who is from and through and to all things. He is center of all life experiences. He is the joy of the journey and He is the end of the journey. The Psalms begin with the picture of a godly person drawing deeply from God through His Word. The Psalms end with the shout: “Hallelujah” (literally, “Praise Yahweh”). This final chorus calls forth praise with every instrument and every part of ourselves. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
As you read and meditate on Psalm 150, answer these questions in your own words:
- Where can we offer praise to God (verse 1)?
- What are our reasons for offering praise to Him (verse 2)?
- In verses 3-5 many musical instruments are listed as means of praise (and certainly we should praise God with such instruments). What parts of your body do these instruments require to be skilled in praised?
- How can you specifically grow in offering praise to Him? List several actions you can do to praise God more in your daily life and in corporate worship with others.
II. Pray Psalm 150
Write out your own prayer of praise and express your heart to Him.
III. Sing Psalm 150
- Sing Psalm 150 with this Reformation era tune.
- Sing Psalm 150 with the tune Alleluia.
- Sing Psalm 150 (Becker Psalter).
- Sing Psalm 150 (Hutchison).
- Sing in praise to Him using this metrical version of Psalm 150. It can be sung to the tune of “American the Beautiful.”
1 Praise ye the Lord. God's praise within his sanctuary raise; And to him in the firmament of his pow'r give ye praise.
2 Because of all his mighty acts, with praise him magnify: O praise him, as he doth excel in glorious majesty.
3 Praise him with trumpet's sound; his praise with psaltery advance: 4 With timbrel, harp, stringed instruments, and organs, in the dance.
5 Praise him on cymbals loud; him praise on cymbals sounding high. 6 Let each thing breathing praise the Lord. Praise to the Lord give ye.