One Year Bible: II Kings 20:1-21:16, Acts 21:17-36; Psalm 150:1-6; Proverbs 18:9-10
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
Our God is worthy of praise! At all times, in each place, and through every means, the highest and best use of the breath of life is that it would offer praise to the great and glorious One, the Creator and Sustainer of all. Praise the Lord!
That is not only the message of this final psalm, but it is really the underlying call to all 150 of them. From the beginning to the end of this amazing songbook for the human race, the psalmists have taken us by the hand and walked us through the whole gamut of life’s circumstances. They have masterfully drawn us into the cornucopia of emotions that attend those human experiences, and they have reminded us that through all of our ups and downs, victories and defeats, good times and bad times, joys and sorrows, the one thing that remains constant is God’s worthiness to be worshipped.
No matter what, God is ceaseless in his power and is surpassingly great. (Psalm 150:2) No matter what, God is loving and faithful. (Psalm 25:10) No matter what, God is good and kind. (Psalm 34:8) No matter what, God is just and fair. (Psalm 103:6) No matter what, God is with you and for you. (Psalm 23:1) No matter what, if you are God’s and God is yours, you are going to be just fine. (Psalm 37:4)
John Newton, author of Amazing Grace, wrote, “The Lord himself is our Keeper. Nothing befalls us but what is adjusted by His wisdom and love. He will, in one way or another, sweeten every bitter cup, and ere long He will wipe away all tears from our eyes.” (Psalm 30:11) That is why under every circumstance and with every breath, we can praise the Lord.
No matter what things may look like, no matter what man may say, no matter what the devil may throw at you, no matter what you may feel, God is still God, he is always victorious, his will shall be done on earth, his purposes for you shall be fulfilled, and he is therefore always worthy of your praise. So why don’t you just go ahead and give God now what he will ultimately receive from all creation—praise!
Let everything that has breath—that means you—let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Yes, praise the Lord!
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”