Praise the Lord! (Psalm 149-150)

Psalm 149:1–9 (NKJV)

1 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.

2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7 To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
8 To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.

Praise the LORD!

This psalm describes the many ways believers should praise the Lord.  Through song, dance, musical instruments, believers should praise the Lord.  They should praise on the beds, while they do war, and while they celebrate.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:1–6 (NKJV)

1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD!

The final psalm of the book of Psalms is a well-known song of encouragement to praise the Lord as well.  It is often memorized as quoted.  It also tells where and how God should be praised.  Praise Him in the church, praise Him outdoors, for His mighty acts and His greatness.  Praise Him with trumpet, lute, harp, timbrel, dance, flutes, cymbals, and with your breath.

The message received in these two psalms is that all men everywhere should praise God at all times in every situation, and with any means possible.  If you can sing, sing.  If you can play an instrument, play unto God’s praise.  If you fight, praise God during your battles.  Even if you think you have no skills, praise Him with your voice, for He is worthy.  Praise the Lord!!

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