April 20, 2017: Verse of the day

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Who Should Praise God

The final answer that Psalm 150 gives to the questions you or I might have about worship is to tell us who should praise God. The answer is as comprehensive as those given to each of the other questions. First question: Where should we praise God? Answer: Everywhere, in heaven and on earth. Second question: Why should we praise God? Answer: Because of everything God is and for all he has done. Third question: How should we praise God? Answer: With everything we’ve got.

Now at last, question four: Who should praise God? Answer: Everything and everybody. “Everything that has breath,” says the Psalmist.

This is exactly what will happen, according to the Bible. At the moment, we see God insulted, blasphemed, denied, and ignored. We see Christ rejected. But one day “every knee [will] bow,” whether willingly or not (Phil. 2:10). As far as the saints are concerned, the apostle John wrote in Revelation, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” (Rev. 5:13).

What a great choir! What a great song! What a great privilege. It will be ours if we have placed our faith in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who has indeed taken away the sin of those who trust him.

Psalms, An Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice

6 All God’s creation that “has breath” (nešāmâ, GK 5972)—particularly humankind (cf. Isa 2:22)—is summoned to praise the Lord (cf. 148:7–12). The word nešāmâ denotes all living creatures—all endowed with life by the Creator (Ge 1:24–25; 7:21–22) but all distinct from the Creator (cf. Isa 2:22; see Eichrodt, 2:242; TWOT 2:605).

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

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