1. PRAISE is a theme of Psalms — Ps 150:6
  2. Praising God is a command
    1. Commanded throughout the Bible
      1. in the law of God — Deut 8:10
      2. in the prophets — 1Chr 29:20; Isa 61:11; Jer 20:1 3; Joel 2:26
      3. in the psalms — Ps 103:1; Ps 104:1; Ps 145-150
      4. in the New Testament– Eph 1:3,6, 12, 14; 1Pet 1:3, 7; Rev 19:5
    2. Praise is commanded of:
      1. God’s people — Ps 30:4; Ps 135:1-2, 19-21
      2. Children — Ps 8:2; Mt 21:16
      3. The Nations — Ps 67:3-5; Ps 117:1; Rom 15:11
      4. The angels — Ps 103:20; Ps 148:2
      5. Everything that breathes — Ps 150:6
      6. All Creation — Ps 98:8; Ps 148:3-12; Isa 44:23
  3. Reasons for praise
    1. God’s greatness — Ps 145:3
    2. God’s splendor and majesty — Ps 96:4-6
    3. God’s glory — Ps 66:1-2
    4. God’s holiness — Ps 99:3; Isa 6:3
    5. God’s love and faithfulness — Ps 57:9-10; Ps 89:1-2
    6. God’s acts of power — Ps 150:2
    7. God’s marvelous deeds — Isa 25:1
    8. God’s glorious grace — Eph 1:6
    9. God’s salvation — Ps 106:1-5; Lk 1:68-75; Lk 2:14, 20
    10. God’s benefits to his people — Ps 103:1-18; 111:1-10; Isa 63:7
    11. God’s deliverance of us — Ps 40:1-3; Ps 124:6-8
  4. Methods of praise
    1. By public worship — Ps 100:4
    2. By singing — Ps 146:1; Ps 147:1
    3. By musical instruments — Ps 150:3-5
    4. By speaking — Ps 51:15; Heb 13:15
    5. By dancing — Ps 149:3
    6. By witnessing to unbelievers — 1Pet 2:9

The praise of God Notes:

Gen 24:27; Deut 8:10; 1Chr 29:20; Ps 51:15; 103:1-2; 148:1-14; 149:1-9; Lk 7:16; 23:47; Eph 1:12-14; Heb 13:15; 1Pet 2:9.

Nature in praise of God Notes:

1Chr 29:20; Ps 65:13; 96:11-13; 98:7-9; 148:7-10; Isa 44:23; 49:13; 55:12-13.

Holiness of God Notes:

Ex 15:11; Lev 11:45; 1 Chr 16:29; Ps 93:5; 99:3-5; Isa 6:3; 30:11-12; 57:15; Ezek 36:23; Rom 1:4; 1Cor 1:30; Rev 4:8.

Ps 150:6 Notes:

Psalm 150:6 (KJV) Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

Anyone who is breathing, which includes everyone reading this, should praise the Lord. As long as I have breath, I will use it to praise the Lord! So help me, God.

Psalm 144-150 The Hallelujah Chorus

The last five Psalms are all of praise. The word “praise” is found in the Hebrew thirty-seven times. Each one of these Psalms begins and ends with a hallelujah; there are ten hallelujahs.

First is a hallelujah which celebrates Himself, He who is the God of Jacob. Precious vision of Him who delights to call Himself “the God of Jacob,” the God who loves the sinner and has redeemed His people. Who is He? The Creator of all, by whom and for whom all things were made (Ps 146:6). The Lord of judgment and redemption; the Lord who sets the prisoners free, opens the eyes of the blind, lifts up those who are bowed down–and He will reign for ever. Hallelujah.

Psalm 147 is the hallelujah for what He has done for His people Israel. They praise Him now in the beauty of holiness. He has built Jerusalem; He has gathered the outcasts of Israel; He has healed the broken hearted and bound up their wounds. He manifests His glory too by the heavens above. And nature is now in full harmony, restored and blessed. But Jerusalem is the center of praise and glory. He has blessed Zion and her children (Ps 147:12-14). Hallelujah.

His praises go higher and higher. In Psalm 148, heaven and earth sing His praises. The heights above, the angels, the heavenly hosts, the sun, the moon, the stars, the heaven of heavens, His eternal dwelling place, praises Him. And so does all the earth. The creatures of the deep praise Him, so do the hills and the mountains, the trees of the field, beasts, cattle, birds and creeping things. The kings of the earth, all races of men praise Him, who is worthy of all praise. Hallelujah.

Psalm 149 is the hallelujah of the new song. Israel redeemed is leading the glory-hallelujah song. The children of Zion are joyful in their King. They sing praises unto Him. They praise Him for victory and blessing. He has executed vengeance upon the ungodly. All His saints have honor and Glory now. Hallelujah.

And the finale, the last Psalm! It is the praise to the full. We have seen the “crescendo” of praise in these Psalms and now we reach the “fortissimo,” the loudest and the strongest praise. With this the great redemption is consummated. Look at this Psalm. It begins with hallelujah and after this first hallelujah we find nothing but praise–praise Him–praise Him–praise Him! Let all that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!

Do you praise Him now? Oh let us give Him as our Lord, Him who has redeemed us by His own Blood, who will soon gather us home to be like Him and forever with Him, let us give Him praise. Let us sing our hallelujahs now, songs of praise in the night, while we wait for the break of day, the Morningstar. And the end of all for earth and heaven will be the hallelujah chorus, a praise which will never die in all eternity. Hallelujah!

Deut 8:10 Notes:

Deut 8:10 (NKJV) –“When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.

The Lord stressed that the people must remember that the Lord is the One who gave them all these good things. They had to recognize Him as the source of all their bounty. This is the same thing that was said in Deut 6:11-12.