Psalm 150 (NIV)
1Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
These are the last verses in the Book of Psalms, and what a way to end the collection! It's an all-out call for a full-blown celebration of God.
With all God does for us—providing for our needs, giving us comfort, blessing us with friends and family, guiding us, protecting us, having created us in the first place—God is most worthy of our high-energy praise and adoration. Yet, sadly, it's often a chore for us just to spend a few moments with God each day.
It isn't that we don't know how to praise. We fanatically follow athletes and sports teams, memorizing stats, wearing team logos, and faithfully watching, and even attending the games. We rush to download the latest music from our favorite singers, memorize the lyrics, buy concert tickets, and scream and shout as they perform.
And there's nothing wrong with that—unless our expression of adoration for God is lackluster, or even nonexistent. You know, the Bible says that God gets jealous—and rightly so. There is nobody who deserves our praise more than God.
For what do you have to praise God? Make a list and add to it as more things become apparent. Make sure that during your prayer time you are praising God. In fact, it's perfectly OK to pause several times throughout the day and whisper of short prayer of, "It's so cool, God, how you..." Read Psalm 150 regularly to help get you into the mindset of always offering praise to our awesome God.
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