Praise the Lord—Day 4
“Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!”
As we conclude this week’s devotional series, the unknown author of this particular Psalm makes it clear that praise is always suitable.
When we look at all that God has done, there is a reason to praise. When we look at all God has revealed about himself there is a reason to praise. And when we see the manifestations of his mercy and grace given to us, who are so undeserving, there is a reason to praise.
When we take the time and make note of every trial, temptation, hardship, sorrow, pain, disappointment, and setback we have experienced, praise is still suitable.
As the writer of our devotional lists the various instruments that were commonly employed in Hebrew worship, the writer is not limiting us to how praise should take place or what should be used. However, the author is encouraging all of us to use our distinct notes, sounds, and various expressions to praise God.
The overall thought behind the listing of instruments is, all should make the praise of God a top priority and we should praise him full of zeal.
This brings the writer to say, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” A strictly literal reading would be, “Let all the breath praise Yah.”
There are two ways to view this literal reading:
First, ‘with every breath, praise God.’ As we go through life, praise for God is just as important as every breath we breathe. It should always be a part of us just like ‘praying without ceasing.’
Second,‘everything that has breath should praise God.’ Who among us is left without a testimony? Every being that walks this earth, believer or non-believer has a reason to praise God.
The praise that is due God is not limited to Sunday morning. It is not something that praise and worship leaders have a monopoly on. The praise we owe God flows from within a grateful heart manifesting itself through an authentic expression.
It’s not hype, not necessarily a shout or dance, but it is pure praise.
Lord, as we go through our daily life, we choose to praise you, for you are so deserving of all the praise, glory, and honor, Amen.