Let Everything Praise the Lord
150 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150 Commentary
by Hank Workman
As Psalm 150 brings this beautiful book to a close there is no real teaching, no explanation even in the writings. It is simply a call to let everything that has breath praise the Lord. It is focusing on the greatness of God and His constancy on our journey.
The entire book of Psalms captures our hearts at one point or another of the paths we walk. It shows the ups and downs, heartaches and joys. It is here we have seen every possible scenario we could face on this path with God and the peace that comes throughout. Many times the psalmist paints 2 decisions that we can choose – one for life or one that would lead us to death through not being in tune with Him. Meaning when we are bent in our own humanness many times we will resort to doing exactly what the world does. Yet, God has always called His people to follow a different path, placing our trust and belief in Him throughout whatever circumstance we face.
Yes, there is no doubt that following after God we face the same as every other person. There are joys and hardships, trouble and times of peace. The one thing, however, is following after Him He brings a constancy of His presence among us. This is something we cannot live without. Even as the atrocities of life come our way, there is simply the reality we could never do what we have done without Him. We could never have stood without Him.
As Alexander Maclaren writes:
“The psalm is more than an artistic close of the Psalter. It is a prophecy of the last result of the devout life and in its unclouded sunniness it proclaims the certain end of the weary years for the individual and the world.”Alexander Maclaren
Psalm 150 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The number 10 is used 242 times in Scripture. The title of “10th” is found 79 times. Though it doesn’t get as much airtime as 3 and 7, the number 10 is categorized in this list of numbers as one that signifies completion. The stars, the sun and the moon were created on the “fourth day” and man was created on the “sixth day.” Put them together and you have the physical world along with humanity. It is no wonder this psalm calls for “everything that has breath to praise the Lord.”
What we also find in Genesis 1 is the phrase “God said.” We find it exactly 10 times.
Gen 1:3, Gen 1:6, Gen 1:9, Gen 1:11, Gen 1:14, Gen 1:20, Gen 1:24, Gen 1:26, Gen 1:28, Gen 1:29
We could go on and on. We have the 10 commandments as well as the 10% tithe in the OT. The Passover lamb was selected on the 10th day of the 1st month and day 10 of the 7th month is known as the Day of Atonement.
The point being, Psalm 150 cries out 10 times for praise to ascend to God the Father. Though the reasons are innumerable, the psalmist does provide a complete picture of how and why we praise and worship.
Just as our life will finish with the praise and worship of our God, the Psalms conclude in the same way. Think back to all the tears and trials which were explored over the past 149 chapters prior. Does it not mirror the lives we live today?
Our God is mighty to save and worthy to be praised.