As a church we have many reasons to praise God.
We have moved from a place where the future was very uncertain to a place where there is a future planned.
Over the last month we have been looking at the Psalms of Praise, Psalms 146 to 150 and we have seen that each begins and ends with Hallalujah.
In english it means, "Praise God"
This is our ultimate purpose, to worship God
And as we come to the last and shortest of these Psalms we are struck with this incredibly intense, totally focussed call to praise.
Here there is no turning to the left or the right, there is no secondary line of thought which takes us away from the sole purpose of this Psalm.
In six short verses it takes us on a journey of praise, it identifies the where, the why, the how and the who of praise.
Let's read Psalm 150:1-6 together
The ‘where’ of praise - Psalm 150:1
Verse 1 positions us in the whole scheme of praise.
Where are we to praise God
In the sanctuary - the place of worship here on earth, the place where God dwells.
For the people of Israel this was obviously the temple.
But Israel was never excluded from praising God wherever they were, often the people would praise God in everyday life and especially int he huge community festivals as the pilgims climbed the roads leading into Jerusalem
For us today God does not dwell in a temple in Jerusalem.
Christ dwells in our hearts!
So we are to praise God here on earth but verse 1 goes on to speak of praising God in his mighty heaven.
Here is a call to the heavenly host, all the angels of heaven to joinin his praises.
When we praise God we are not alone, even if we are by ourselves in the remotest desert we never praise God alone, because all of heaven is praising him as well.
His glory fills the universe; his praise must do no less.
Kidner, D. (1975).
Psalms 73–150: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol.
16, p. 528).
Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
The ‘why’ of praise - Psalm 150:2
The greatest work of God is our salvation.
In our emptyness and loss God reached down from heaven and poured out his love on us.
This mighty deed of salvation, gives us the priviledge of entering into his presence to praise him.
But we do not praise God simply for what he has done.
That would be like reducing God to a mere giver of gifts.
We praise him also for his unequalled greatness.
We praise him for who he is, the creator God, sovereign Lord of the universe
The ‘how’ of praise - Psalm 150:3-5
Verses 3 to 5 are permission giving verses.
The simple answer to how to praise God is, "with everything you have"
While certain instruments are mentioned in the historical context it is worth noting that these include every type of instrument.
The rams horn, used to celebrate the year of jubilee a great national occassion.
Times of worship with the lyre and harp.
Times of great celebration with the tamborine and dancing.
Times of simple everyday life with flutes
Times of loud celebration and declaration with the cymbals.
We have percussion, strings, wind, dancing and obviously that invovles singing.
Don't ever let anyone tell you worship shouldn't be energetic.
The worship of Israel was at times full of joyous celebration.
And it also contained times of quiet reflection.
There is every reason why our worship today should be the same.
Joyous, loud and exhubrant celebration
Quiet, reflective and contemplative presence
The ‘who’ of praise - Psalm 150:6
Who should praise God.
Everything that breaths is the very simple answer
Let's be reminded that humanities ultimate purpose is to praise God and in the midst of our praise; let's commit ourselves again to the urgent task of sharing Christ so that throughout Redland Bay and beyond his priases will be sung
I dream of the day when this place will be full of poeple singing this Psalm.
Let Everything that has breath praise the Lord - Play Song