Devotion Text: Psalm 150
Psalm 150 is one of the shortest psalms in the Bible. Yet, it is also one of the most beautiful.
While other places in Scripture use beautiful imagery to convey beauty, the writer of Psalm 150 uses urgency and repetition. It is almost as if the audience is a small child hanging on to his parent’s leg–no matter what question is asked or excuse given, the answer of Psalm 150 is the same, “Praise the Lord” (Or, in Hebrew, Hallelujah).
Jewish people know this psalm by heart. In fact, throughout time, this psalm has been part of a daily prayer ritual, said or sung before anything else is done for the day. While we as Christians are not bound by any such rules, how wonderful it would be to wake up each day–with it’s unique trials and tribulations–and have our focus be, “Praise the Lord!”
That’s the point isn’t it? God created us to love and serve him. In turn, he loves and serves us as a dear father cares for his children. We weren’t created to pay bills, get stuck in traffic or otherwise worry about the minutia of this life. All of that is nothing but minor annoyances along the path to heaven. Our focus, instead–our everlasting answer to life’s joy and life’s sadness–should be “Praise the Lord.”
Where? Psalm 150 answers, everywhere!
How? Psalm 150 answers, in every way!
When? Psalm 150 answers, always!
Who? Psalm 150 answers, everyone!
Who? Psalm 150 answers, for everything God is and has done!
How beautiful to have such a laser focus on the true meaning of this life. How beautiful to walk out into the world with “Halleluiah” in our hearts and on our minds. How beautiful a God who is worthy forever to be praised!
Praise the Lord! Halleluiah!
Prayer: Almighty God, you alone are truly worthy to be praised. Avert my eyes from the vanities of this world–the rich and the famous, the athletes and the celebrities, the experts and the powerful. Fix my eyes on you, the one true source of help in the world. Let me praise you dear Lord and bless my prayers and my songs that they be acceptable to you. Make my life an act of worship to you both now and forevermore. Amen.