Everything that has breath: Praise the Lord!
Scripture reading for July 3rd: Psalms 146-150
The hymn book of the Old Testament concludes with some stirring songs of worship to the King! Real joy and peace come from a life centered on the goodness and greatness of God the Creator! Worship is not just singing a few songs at church on Sunday. It is a universal privilege of everything that has breath!
Psalm 146 began with a declaration that the psalmist was going to praise the Lord all of his life! He warned the people not to put their trust in princes, mortal men who cannot save! Today, many are caught up in the idea of a president or ruler can save them! (Psalm 146:3-4) Only the faithful God who created the heaven and earth can save! He can be counted on by the poor, needy, oppressed and hungry! He watches over the alien, widow, and the fatherless! (Psalm 146:7-9)
Psalm 147 is a hymn of praise for Jerusalem, God’s holy city and it’s chosen people. God has built up Jerusalem and gathered the exiles of Israel. God’s people are to praise and honor Him for His mighty deeds on their behalf! God’s delight is in His people, those who fear Him! (Psalm 147:11) He blesses them and protects them and deserves their worship! (Psalm 147:12-14) He has given them His Word and laws, making them special among all nations! (Psalm 147:19-20)
Psalms 148 commends all creation and the saints for their praise of the Lord! Angels praise Him in the heights. The sun, moon and stars praise Him. God named them and set them in place! (Psalm 148:3-6) From the earth, sea creatures and fish, mountains and valleys, animals large and small praise Him! (Psalm 148:7-10) Men, made in His image, praise the Lord! Young and old, men and women, rich and poor all owe Him praise for His provision and splendor! (Psalm 148:14)
Psalm 149 calls upon God’s covenant people, Israel, to praise the Lord! They are to dance, sing, and make music with instruments! The psalm then shifts from praise of God in their mouths to a double edged sword in their hands! They are to praise the Lord as they inflict vengeance on the nations and peoples who have rebelled against the Lord and rejected His Love! (Psalm 149:6-9) This is the “glory of all His saints.”
Psalm 150:6 sums it all up and closes the hymnal! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.”