Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord. Praise The Lord - Psalm 150:6
Psalm 150 ends in a great hallelujah climax that calls on everything that has breath to praise the Lord, not because it feels like it, but because GOD IS WORTHY of all praise at all times and in all places.
The psalmist calls us to praise Him in His sanctuary, the place set apart for the manifestation of His glory. This was the tabernacle in the wilderness, the temple in the time of king Solomon. But the psalmist does not mean to limit it to a building. All heaven is filled with His glory and power and resounds with the praise of saints and angels. When Isaiah saw a vision of the heavenly temple, he not only saw the glory of God and His throne, he heard the shinning seraphim chanting , "The whole earth is full of His glory." (Isaiah 6:3). GOD IS WORTHY to have the whole universe re-echo the songs and shouts of praise to Him.
In this dispensation however, God has set apart temples for His dwelling by His Spirit, and He looks for them to be filled with His praise. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. So is the body of believers a temple or sanctuary whenever even two or three gather together in Christ's name and for His glory. Praise should be the most outstanding characteristic of a Spirit-filled Christian or a Spirit-filled church.
We do not praise for the sake of praising however, and certainly not for the sake of making noise. Neither do we praise merely because we feel like praising God. The true Christian praises God because because GOD IS WORTHY of praise, and puts the incense of praise on the altar of his heart whether he feels like it or not.
It is not hypocrisy to praise God when we do not feel like praising Him. IT IS OBEDIENCE! It is giving to God of His due. It is putting Him first when we would like to put ourselves first.
Knowing that HE IS WORTHY then, we should want to use every means and everything to give God praise. Let us dedicate our talents to Him. King David and his friends dedicated their musical instruments to Him and used their hands, hearts, and voices to produce a mighty symphony of praise.
As we step into the year 2009, whatever we have, whatever we are, we can all hear the call and join in with all nature to give God praise. Let us hold nothing back
LET EVRYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD!
Blessed New Year