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The 150th Psalm


The 150th Psalm is a psalm of “total praise” to the Sovereign God of heaven. The word ‘praise' means to express admiration, approval, or heartfelt gratitude to some- one. The theme of the last five psalms is about praise to God. All five psalms begin and end with the words “Praise the LORD.” Praise represents our commitment, dedication and devotion to Almighty God. Some of us will recall the opening lines of a popular hymn that reads, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation. O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation"

God is most worthy of worshipful praise from His people. Psalm 147:1 clearly states, “Praise the LORD; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is fitting.” This wonderful all-encompassing 150th Psalm is comparatively brief, having only six short verses, where praise is mentioned no less than 13 times.

Verse 1 exhorts us to “Praise God in His sanctuary.” Our praises rise and flow from worshipful hearts to our Holy God who inhabits the praises of His people in the heavenly sanctuary—the Holy Place, which is also “His mighty firmament.” This means that God’s divine power and righteousness is ever present in the heavenly sanctuary.

Verse 2 presents another reason to praise God and that is “for His mighty acts” and “according to His excellent greatness.” His mighty acts and excellent greatness go well together. In Psalm 145:3,4 David wrote, “Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” One of God’s great attributes is His “omnipotence,” meaning He has infinite power over all things and at all times. He created the universe and all things therein. Also, His greatness in love, mercy and grace that provided salvation for all humanity. We cannot praise God too much and for who He is and what He means to us.