1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)
Whoever wrote this psalm wanted everyone to worship GOD. He felt that GOD was worth the worship of every living being in this world and beyond.
Wherever in the entire universe, there are beings, having breath in their lungs, he wanted them to join into the worship with him. The writer wanted all creatures to worship together and exalt the Lord.
He wanted not only our voices to be praising but also every musical instrument ever created to be played. He wanted all things that had breath to be playing an instrument or singing or worshipping because everything with breath had been created by God himself.
The writer wants us to praise God for the mighty acts he does for us. We should be thanking him for everything he has done and is still doing for us. It should be our pleasure to always be thanking him for all he does for us.
So in this Psalm, the writer gives an example of how we are to praise the Lord.
He says to praise the Lord in the sanctuary, which in this case is our hearts. Then we move on to the firmament, outside the boundaries of the universe we know. The next two verses tell us why we should be praising Him, followed by the how…
It starts with the blowing of the shofar. Then the other instruments come in, ending with every person and creature in the entire universe and beyond, that have breath in their lungs, praising God for who He is and being thankful.
The writer ends with the reason why we must all praise God. It is because Our Father gave every person/creature the very breath in our lungs from himself.
His last line is… “Praise ye the Lord” tells us that we are to praise the Father. It is written as a command and not really an option. But for those who truly love the Lord, it’s an honour to praise Him.
It is my honour to praise you Lord. May I always honour you in a way that pleases you. I can honour you with prayer and song. I love you Father. I know there are days that sometimes go by where I have not honoured you at all. Forgive me please Lord and help me to be a better person, always remembering that without you, I am nothing!
I bless your holy name, now and forever. I thank you Father that my name is written in the Lambs Book of Life and that I will have the honour and privilege of worshipping and praising you for eternity.
In the name of your wonderful Son and my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.