Psalm 150:1-6 Hymn By Anonymous
Psalm 149:1-9 Cymbol-ic
Psalm 150 is the last psalm. It is one of the “Hallelujah” psalms that begins and ends with “Praise The Lord,” in Hebrew, “Hallelujah” (Pss. 146-150). Part of the refrain of the hymn, “Praise Him! Praise Him!” is from verse 2b.
Psalm 150 is like a grand benediction for the entire book of Psalms. They are poems of worship. And Ps. 150 is one final stupendous psalm of worship.
This little poem hammers home the exhortation to praise the Lord. Let’s break out the who, what, why, where, when, and how questions again as we did in Psalm 148 (see Dept. of Redundancy Dept.).
This psalm assumes that the reader knows what worship and praise are. Technically, worship comes from two words squished together, worth and ship. God is worthy of being spoken and thought of in superlatives.
I think it’s implied in this psalm that we should all be praising the Lord all the time just as we are to be giving thanks all the time (cf. Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18)! In Heaven, we will be praising God all the time or all the non-time, as the case may be (cf. Rev. 4:8-11, 5:11-13).
In verse 1, we are exhorted to praise God in the sanctuary of the Temple. The psalmist also exhorts every being in “the expanse” to praise God, answering the where question.
In verse 2, we are to praise Him because He has done great things and because of His attributes.
Suggestions for ways to praise the Lord are with a trumpet, a harp or lyre, dancing, and finger cymbals, medium-sized cymbals, and large cymbals (vv. 3-5). The psalmist wants us to be cymbal-ic. (Get it, like symbolic?)
We could also use stringed instruments like guitars, pianos which are actually percussion instruments with strings, mandolins, ukuleles, violins, cellos, you get the idea (vv. 4b). Remember when you are adding strings to any music, there’s always room for cello.
“Pipes” in verse 4 might include clarinets, oboes, saxophones, and flutes, all the “wind” instruments.
Remember the rule about things repeating? Why would God want us to notice cymbals and percussion so much? Percussion are mentioned three times in verses 4 and 5, two out of six verses! Trumpets are also a loud instrument. Why would God want us to be loud when we praise Him?
COULD IT BE THAT HE WANTS US TO BE EXCITED ABOUT HIM???
Oops. Sorry for shouting. I’m excited.
Are you after reading the book of Psalms?
You should be! If you “have breath,” you should be praising the Lord all the time (v. 6)!
Proverbs 18:9-10 Ancient Slackers
You thought that slackers were a recent phenomena? Solomon wrote about them. They could be relatives of the sluggard (cf. Prov. 6:6, 9,13:4). And we’ll see more of the sluggard.
The slacker here may just make junk or he may be lazy (v. 9). Either way, he is about as good as someone who just destroys things. Destruction is the result of his efforts.
My first job out of college was also my worst. I worked at a business machines store. I was biding my time until I could go to seminary. Calculators had just come out. I know, I’m ancient. Anyway, a new brand was introduced that only cost $100 to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. They were flying out the door of the store. They were also flying back into the store for repair. Most of them didn’t work. As I recall, we were getting about 70% of them back in returns! They were made by slackers, most likely.
Contrary to any slackers, the Lord is a strong person we can rely on like going up the stairs of a really well-constructed building (v. 10). The only place to go when you have troubles is to the Lord. Stay in the Word, read good Christian books and literature . . . and maybe even . . . blogs?