Final Praise and Doxology
What a fitting way to end the book of Psalms. Of course, why would we expect anything other than a perfect ending?
This Psalm does not speak of any negative topics. No oppression, no enemies, no mention of any lessons learned from past mistakes. Just worship and praise to God.
How are we directed to worship and praise? Music. How many of us have experiences with music that can change our moods or express how we feel like nothing else. Music, in my humble opinion, is a genuine gift from God. It can move people to tears, to laughter, to a common cause. It brings people together in a way that is unique. The author directs that we worship God through music.
This chapter tells people to use all of the instruments available at the time. Why? Because God is infinitely deserving. The trumpet was used to bring down the walls of Jericho. Now it is used as a praise tool. Even our bodies in dance are used.
The author requires that God be praised in the sanctuary, His firmament, as a result of His mighty acts and His excellent Greatness. For myself I see God in creation. I am very much an outdoors person. Some of the times that I felt God directly speaking to me is in His creation. In the forest. Recently, close friends of ours were dealing with a medical concern. My reaction was to go for a long hike and pray to God. Why, because he is infinitely able, deserving and has blessed me with a calm that can only come from me being in the forest. Everyone has a different way in which they praise. This Psalm opens the doors for all of those.
When I read this Psalm, I am overwhelmed by the image of this loud and joyous praise. This is not a subdued image in my mind. These are trumpets, and cymbals, singing and dancing. All believers and non-believers alike would hear this. I can only imagine that God’s glory would be manifested through this type of praise.
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 148-150