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This Psalm is aimed at the human occupants of his world, you know, the you and me. Scripture affirms God's wiring of praise into the created order. For instance, Psalm 19 is a hymn of praise about the constant hallelujah voiced by the elements of creation. The first verse is one most of us know.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1, ESV

Even more, on the day Jesus entered Jerusalem, his followers made a lot of noise. The legalists in the crowd were offended by their shouts of praise. So, they told Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." (see Luke 19:39, ESV). His reply is well-known too. He said,

I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.

Luke 19:40, ESV

Everything is auto-tuned to the glory of the one who created it. Everything, that is, except the human species. Created in his image, the fall interrupted the harmony of man's affections and praise for the Creator. So, this final Psalm is strategically pointed the one who has breath, the human species. Moses wrote it this way---

...then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his

nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Genesis 2:7, ESV

Psalm 150 teaches us humans where, why, and how to praise him. Please read this final Psalm with great joy on his Lord's Day. See if you can identify the where, why, and how of this Psalm.

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, ESV

Each verse contains the Hebrew word that is central in Psalm 150. Can you idenitfy it as well? Google it and see what wonderful words the Psalmist has given us.

And, remember this as well. Everything means everyone.

Praise the Lord!


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