Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord)

Every Lord's Day we begin with a "Call to Worship" from a Psalm or scripture passage meant to elicit the response that its name suggests. We gather to communally participate in an activity that ought to have continued to occupy each of us individually throughout the week - devotion, praise and proclamation of the Gospel, in word and deed.

Though this call begins our time in general, it specifically kicks off our songs of praise and adoration to the God who is worthy of such worship. Such songs as "Praise to the Lord the Almighty", "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing", and "All Creatures of Our God and King" are but a few examples of songs we regularly sing in order call the church to worship. One of the common themes within each is the broad call to all creation, every creature, and more specifically "all that hath life and breath". Drawn directly from the oldest songs of the scriptures themselves, these worship songs make known that all of God's handiwork was created to bring Him glory, honor, and praise.

In Psalm 150 we can see this writ large in accurate summary - "let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" God is to be praised in every place and for every one of His great deeds. Thus the call to pick up every manner of instrumentation and join together in singing as loudly and as proudly as one possibly can! What an astonishing thought, that God has granted to every corner of His creation a breath and a "voice" with which to bring Him praise, and He receives due glory in the employment of each when used to that end.

Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) offers us yet another opportunity to come before the Lord and call one another to worship, with great joy and thankfulness. May our fellowship be enriched through its use this next Lord's Day, and above all, may the Lord be glorified as His people sing His praise.
VERSE 1
You made the starry hosts
You traced the mountain peaks
You paint the evening sky with wonders
The earth, it is Your throne
From desert to the sea
All nature testifies Your splendor

CHORUS
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Sing His greatness all creation
Praise the Lord, raise your voice
You heights and all you depths
From furthest east to west
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

VERSE 2
You reached into the dust
In love, Your Spirit breathed
You formed us in Your very likeness
To know Your wondrous works
To tell Your mighty deeds
To join the everlasting chorus
(CHORUS)

VERSE 3
Let symphonies resound
Let drums and choirs ring out
All heaven hear the sound of worship
Let every nation bring
Its honors to the King
A roar of harmonies eternal

CHORUS
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord
Sing His greatness all creation
Praise the Lord, raise your voice
You heights and all you depths
From furthest east to west
You distant burning stars
All creatures near and far
From sky to sea to shore
Sing out forevermore
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord

Words and Music by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa © 2020 Getty Music Publishing (BMI), Messenger Hymns (BMI, Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP), and Love Your Enemies Publishing (ASCAP) (all admin at musicservices.org)

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