Psa. 150:1, 2 ¶ Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
I was recently reading this psalm and was struck by the profound nature of these first two verses. Often times, I just ready over these verses but this time I was stopped in my tracks. I began to see David’s understanding of worship and how specific he was. First he said we are to praise God in His sanctuary. For David, that was the old tattered remains of the tabernacle of Moses that he had carried to Mount Zion. Here David spent hours worshipping the Lord in His manifest presence before the ark of the covenant. This had become David’s tabernacle and their was no veil. David often would be prostrate before the ark, lost in the glory of His presence. Today, we have the same glory available to us in Christ. Today, the place where His glory manifests in the most common and strongest fashion is in the local church. We exist as a church body to be the habitation of His presence. I have to join with David and say, “Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary.”
Next, David says praise the Lord in His mighty heavens. This reminds me of what David also said in Psa. 19:1,2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” The heavens were created for that purpose, to show forth the glory and characteristics of God. Paul said that the heavens display “His eternal power and Godhead”. When a Christian looks into the sky, He is stunned by the greatness of the Almighty. This kind of greatness demands our worship. “Praise him in his mighty heavens!”
David also said we are to praise God for His mighty deeds. There is no end to that because His deeds can’t even begin to be numbered. His greatest works are seen in His work of redemption. Think about what He saved you from, the sinfulness He has washed away, your behavior that He has changed, His deliverance and healing He has displayed in you. “Praise him for his mighty deeds”. Finally, David said to praise the Lord for His excellent greatness. What is he saying here? He is saying to worship the excellent qualities of His character which are manifest in His glory. This is what David had in mind when he said to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The Lord is good, His goodness cries out for our worship. All of creation is worshipping our God, let’s join in with David, the angels, and nature itself. Psa. 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!”