(Yes, I am repeating a portion of yesterday’s column for a purpose. Stick with me.)
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Psalm 150 Something I did not dream of typing when I started this project in February 2021, A project to write at least one meditation, or prayer using each of the 150 Psalms as a basis. One last mediation and its ----30----
But it is not, the original goal had two steps. The second step was to go through all the meditations step by step as I extracted the wisdom that the LORD, God, the Almighty had shared with His people about how He wants to be worshiped.
This is an AWESOME task. But also Psalm 150 is an AWESOME place to begin. Read it. Read it again --NO, it is not the end. Maybe just slightly beyond the beginning. Late last night a dear brother and I spent a very stimulating hour examining what I had written so far and came to the end; that I had barely scratched the surface. This morning I am thankful for my brother’s insight and at times, forcefully offered comments.
I think that the conclusion we settled on last night is that Psalm 150 is a beginning, not the conclusion. The LORD, God, the Almighty is giving us very specific instructions regarding our attitude as we approach Him in worship. What’s my clue? The verb ‘praise’ is used 13 times in this ESV translation. Not too hard to figure, 7 sentences, 13 verbs
So the next step is search the Psalms for other sentences where ‘praise’ is predominant.
30 is a long ways off. and again. Let it’s completeness soak into your soul and heart. Look at that last line. Do you have breath—praise the LORD! Does a cymbal have breath? No, but you do!
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Morning Psalm 94, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 26, If you follow this regimen, you will pray through the Psalms every 47 days or just under 8 times per year.
An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.
Suggested Supplementary Reading
The Christian’s Creed: Embracing the Apostolic Faith by Dr. Stanley D. Gale. There is also a workbook available.