Psalm 150 - It Is Not About Us
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.
Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre,
praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe,
praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Does God need our praises?
The Psalmist wrote a letter of praise to God, complimenting His qualities. We like to hear praises relating to our own qualities. Everyday, our ears yearn for praises from our spouse, friends, boss, or even brothers and sisters from church because that’s our nature. A single compliment lifts my day and brings a wide smile to my face. But the price is the temptation of pride, as it takes away the glory that rightfully belongs to God. Human praises will always fail to fulfil us because they are momentary and are derived from a moment of inspiration.
The Psalmist also wrote a song of praise to God, proclaiming God’s glory with a loud trumpet, a beautiful harp, a lyre and other accompanying instruments. We’ll love loud trumpets proclaiming how great we are, because we are tempted by the Prince of the World (Satan). I’ve caught myself being lured by the praises of admiration and affirmation. My pride will be my biggest stumbling block, stopping me from recognising that only God can provide what’s permanent. Who is good except God?
We praise God not because God wants to be praised but because we need to recognise it is not about us. The moment we think it is about us, we’ve sinned. The first sin crept into this world when Adam and Eve thought about themselves first. Satan had said to them, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) It was never about “knowing good and evil”, but all about “you will be like God”. Adam and Eve saw the quality of God and wanted to be great like Him. The Psalmist ended his song with the verse, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” It is all about God, and never about us.
It’s when we look up at Jesus, sing praises to God and recognise His qualities clearly in our hearts, that we realise how unqualified we are. It is Jesus who justifies us by His amazing grace. We are nothing.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.