January 8, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 8 January 2019
Psalm 150 is the last of the Hallelujah psalms. The word “praise” is used thirteen times in this psalm as it calls upon all living creatures to exalt the Lord. From beginning to end, Psalm 150 is the proper climax to the book of praise.
God is praised “in His sanctuary” and “in His might expanse,” which is to say that He should be exalted on earth and in heaven (v. 1). God is to be praised everywhere for there is not any locale where his praise is not appropriate. The reason why one should praise God is “for His mighty deeds” and “His excellent greatness” (v. 2). “His mighty deeds” include his creation, judgment, providence, and salvation. All the Lord’s deeds are in perfect harmony, and function together with precise unity of purpose. His acts declare “His excellent greatness,” for which He should be praised. God should be worshipped for his holiness, omnibenevolence (all-good), omnipotence (all-powerful), omnipresence (all-present), omniscience (all-knowing), righteousness, and sovereignty.
How should God be praised? Both musical instruments (vv. 3-5) and human voices (v. 6) are to be used. The trumpet was blown to call people together either for celebration or warning. In times of celebration, the string instruments (the “harp and lyre”) joined the trumpet. Next came the hand drums (or “timbrel”) which led to festive “dancing.” Finally, there were the loud sounds of the “cymbals” (v. 5). A variety of musical instruments assisted the praise of the Lord, the One who is to be worshipped for all He has done and for who He is.
Those who should “praise the Lord” include “everything that has breath” (v. 6), which would include all the redeemed. Ultimately, the Lord intends that every knee will bow before Him and every tongue to acknowledge Him (Isa 45:23; Phil 2:10-11). The book of Revelation pictures the worship of heaven, with “the voice of many angels” joining with God’s human creation to sing loudly, “Worthy is the Lamb” and “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb” (Rev 5:12-13). If all people are to join in the worship of God, certainly it is incumbent upon God’s people to proclaim the knowledge of God and what it means to receive salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The dramatic declaration, “praise the Lord” is the final great hallelujah of the book of Psalms. God is praised because He is the source of all blessings. All creatures on earth and in heaven are to praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Worship is a lifestyle involving the entirety of one’s being, in both action and word. Why not stop what you are doing at this moment to praise the God who so rightfully deserves your worship, and then find others who will join with you (those who are redeemed and those whom God will redeem)? To God be the Glory!
REMINDER: next Tuesday, 15th of Januaryis the first Capitol Commission Bible Study of the new year.We meet in Room 123 CAP (Basement of Georgia's Capitol) @ 12 Noon.