Praise ye the Lord
Psalm 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Thirteen times in this psalm….praise of the Lord is spoken of:
“praise the Lord”, “praise Him”, “praise God”.
The book of Psalms begins with God’s estimate of the man that is blessed….which is the man who makes God and His Word, his satisfaction.
Psalms 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.”
The Psalms ends with a estimate of God’s due….by the man who has found God as his satisfaction….praise for all He is, and all He has done.
Psalm 150:1-2 “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in HIs sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for HIs mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”
Someone has said, that the Psalms are the heart’s response to God’s dealings with HIs people.
In Psalms we see, not just the spiritual history…..but the feelings and thoughts of the people of God.
Some were written by Moses….and placed in this book. (Psalm 90)
Some were written by others….but most were songs and cries from David.
David, the shepherd,(Psalm 23, 100)…..David, in prayer (Ps. 86),….David, the hunted by Saul, (Ps. 59)…..David, the king,….David, the sinner (Psalm 32, 51)…..David, the lover of the House of the Lord (Psalm 84, 24)
In all the situations and trials we come into contact with….we will find a like situation….and feelings in the Psalms.
Moses about the attitude of the Israelites. (Ps.106)
David when his own son was trying to destroy him and his kingship (Ps. 3).
When the psalmist became discouraged about the wicked…how they seemed to have no trouble, yet the righteous had all sorts of trials. (Ps. 73)
David when he gave into the wrong means….and tried to “save” himself from Saul’s hate, by going to the Philistines. (1 Sam. 21:10-15, Ps.34)
All through the Psalms there are passages of great comfort…..exhortations to right means….and the cries of God’s people in distress, trouble, doubt, and correction.
Psalm 102…a prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the Lord.
Psalm 102:19-20 “For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth.
To hear the groaning of the prisoners; to loose those that are appointed to death.”
Psalm 22….a prophesy of the afflictions and crucifixion of Christ.
Psalm 22:1, 18 “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my venture.”
Psalm 110…a prophesy of the coming kingdom of David’s son….Christ Jesus.
Psalm 110:2 “The Lord shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion: rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies.”
God and me….is a great title for many of the psalms….
…and so, in the end,….through all these situations and deliverances…
…there is only one thing to do:
Praise the Lord! For all His wonderful works! For all HIs mercy!
Praise God! From the sanctuary to the heavens above…..give glory and praise to our Lord!
From me to Him…..let my heart, and mind, and whole being….praise the Lord.