11th AUGUST 2022
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalms 150:3–6 NIV
This is a classic text in which the Psalmist attempts to elaborate on Praise. This text makes an attempt to demonstrate how we should glorify God. In his day, the psalmist attempts to capture every imaginable instrument for making melody. The verse teaches us that when it comes to praising God, we must be extravagant with our praise.
The Psalmist attempted this by combining all of the above-mentioned instruments into his adoration of God. Using so many instruments represents going all out with our praise and not just doing it once a week on Sundays.
Some patriarchs in the Old Testament made sacrifices as a manner of worshipping God, such as David, Miriam, Solomon, and Abraham, who declare God’s appellations in worshipping Him. The patriarchs are recorded in the Bible singing and dancing as ways of honouring God. Praise is not limited to a single action or style, that is the principle being communicated here.
We must disabuse our thoughts of actions or objects that we have firmly entrenched as the only ways to praise God.
We must use everything we have to glorify the Lord our God, from our testimonies to our offerings, to our service, and anything else that comes to mind. Praise has no bounds and so cannot be limited. We must open our hearts and be obedient wherever the Holy Spirit leads us.
There is no one rigid manner for us to worship the Lord, but one thing is certain: God does not scorn genuine praise. So we must praise the Lord with everything we have, both material and intangible, and He will intervene when we need Him. As offspring of the Most High, we should count our benefits and name them one by one; what the Lord has done will astound us.
Teach me, Heavenly Father, to come to a place where I praise you wholeheartedly with all I have, in order to make my praise for you beautiful.
Further Reading: Psalms 103:1–5
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