By: Donnie Swaggart
Psalms 150:1-6 – “Praise You the LORD. Praise God in His Sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His Power. (This is the fifth and, therefore, last Hallelujah Psalm. As well, it should be described as the ‘Deuteronomy Psalm’ of the Deuteronomy Book.
“In this glad day of the Kingdom Age, with Christ reigning supreme in Jerusalem, praise will be offered unto God continually all over the world.
“The Divine titles in this Psalm are ‘El’ and ‘Jah.’ ‘El’ is essentially the Almighty, and ‘Jah’ signifies the Ever-existing One, for example, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
“Praise Him for His Mighty Acts: praise Him according to His Excellent Greatness. (The theme of praise will be twofold: 1. What He does — His Mighty Acts and 2. What He is — His excellent Greatness. These express His Glory as Creator, as Redeemer, as the Lamb of God, and as the Son of God. The scene of worship in the Book of Revelation is Heaven; in this Psalm, it is the Earth in unison with Heaven.)
“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
“Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. (These praises portray to us the fact that the worship is not only spontaneous, but orchestrated, exactly as it is now in praise and worship. By and large, the musicians of the world have formerly dedicated their talents to the Evil One. Now these talents will be dedicated exclusively to God’s Glory.)
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise You the LORD. (The very first Psalm calls the Messiah ‘the Blessed Man.’ In this last Psalm He is worshipped as ‘the Blessed God.’ All of the 148 intervening Psalms sing of the countless perfections of His Nature and of His Actions, as both Son of Man and Son of God.
“The cry here is that everything that has breath must praise the Lord. In the coming Kingdom Age, this will be brought about. Men will have nothing but praise for Him.
“The Book of Psalms assures this. Its pages are wet with tears, and its music broken with sighs, but its last Song is a burst of satisfied rapture. Its five Volumes fitly close with a loud ‘Hallelujah!’)”
The Book of Psalms is broken down into five books corresponding to the five books of the Pentateuch. They are as follows:
Book One: Psalms 1-42 is the Genesis Book;
Book Two: Psalms 43-72 is the Exodus Book;
Book Three: Psalms 73-89 is the Leviticus Book;
Book Four: Psalms 90-106 is the Numbers Book; and,
Book Five: Psalms 107-150 is the Deuteronomy Book.
Psalms is the longest Book in the Bible, containing 150 Chapters, 2,462 Verses, and 43,743 Words. Psalms contains 202 Verses of history, 160 Verses of fulfilled Prophecy, and 274 Verses of unfulfilled Prophecy.
The theme of Psalms is “Trust, Worship, and Praise.”
When one reads the Book of Psalms, one is reading Earth’s first Songbook. The Hebrew word is “Sephertihillim,” which means the Book of Praises. In the Greek, the title is “Psalms,” which means songs.
Not only is Psalms Earth’s first Songbook, but it is also a Book of Prophecy. Its principal predictions concern the perfections, the sufferings, and the succeeding glories of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are 15 Psalms that are said to be Messianic, which means that they are Prophetic in tone and refer to Christ. However, many Biblical scholars feel that all the Psalms in some way are Messianic. This means that they refer to Christ in His Atoning, Mediatorial, or Intercessory Work.
In effect, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the Representative and the Sin Bearer of His People, declares their sins, sorrows, sufferings, and chastisements to be His Own. He did this as the Perfect, Sinless One! In every respect, He was our Representative Man, our Glorious Substitute, the Last Adam and the Second Man.
As someone has well said, “When one reads the Gospels, one is reading the Actions and the Deeds of Christ, and when one reads the Psalms, one is reading the Heart of Christ.”
The 150th Psalm is a Prophetic Psalm. Its setting is the Kingdom Age, the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the Earth. It is during this time that a world that largely mocked and profaned God will now be filled with voices of praise from the Earth to Heaven and back again.
The exegesis of the Verses is as follows:
“Praise You the LORD. Praise God in His Sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His Power.”
This Verse identifies the two locations of praise, the Sanctuary, which is earthly and the firmament, which is heavenly. The praises of the nations of the Earth during the Millennial Reign will go up from the Sanctuary to the firmament when the praises of all the Angelic Host and created beings will join together into one great Symphony of praise to the Lord.
“Praise Him for His Mighty Acts: praise Him according to His Excellent Greatness.”
This Verse tells us that the theme of praise will be focused on two specific things:
1. We will praise the Lord for what He has done and what He will do, i.e., “His Mighty Acts.”
2. Secondly, we will praise Him for what He is, “His Excellent Greatness.” This expresses His Glory as Creator, as Redeemer, as the Lamb of God, and as the Son of God.
VERSES 3 THROUGH 5
“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with the stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.”
These Verses tell us that the worship is not only spontaneous, but orchestrated. Just think of the glorious sounds coming forth with music and voices of praise and adoration for the Lord and unto the Lord. What a choir. What an orchestra during that great time of celebration.
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise You the LORD.”
George Williams, the Irish theologian and Hebrew scholar, says: “In the day when He appears, everything that hath breath will praise Him. His appearance will vindicate Him. Men will have nothing but praise for Him. Thus, Messiah the Blessed Man of the First Psalm will be worshipped as the Blessed God of the Last Psalm: whilst the intervening Psalms sing of the countless perfections of His Nature and of His Actions as both Son of Man and Son of God.”
As these Verses are Prophetic and future, one may wonder what does this have to do with us today. The answer is simple. Why do we have to wait until the Kingdom Age to praise the Lord? We are His Sanctuary. He has done great things for us. We have musical instruments that can make joyful music of praise. We have voices that can sing of His Greatness. We have hands that can clap for joy. We don’t have to wait, for we have something to praise the Lord for now.
We can praise Him because He is our Lord, our King, our Deliverer, our Saviour, our Healer, our Hope, our Fortress, our Rock, our Strong Tower, our Shepherd, our Provision, our Peace, our Comforter, our Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Covenant, our Sacrifice, our Sure Foundation, our High Priest, our Mediator, our Bread of Life, our Lily of the Valley, our Lion of the Tribe of Judah, our Resurrection, our Rose of Sharon, the One Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord.