Psalm 150 is the final one in the Book of Psalms. Rev. Geoff McKee considers what lessons we can learn from it, given that there are those who have described it as serving no practical purpose. Why, instead, is it as precise a vision of ultimate reality as we find in all Scripture?
Psalm 150 New International Version (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
Sir Thomas Beecham, the English orchestral conductor, once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer.
Believing he knew her, but unable to remember her name, he paused to talk with her.
As the two chatted, he vaguely recollected that she had a brother. Hoping for a clue, he asked how her brother was and whether he was still working at the same job.
“Oh, he’s very well,” she said, “And still king.”
The wife of a retiring bishop was impressed when she and her husband left the home of their host, the Episcopal bishop of Panama, and found a crowd waiting near the front of the house.
Having seen these people during a morning church service, she greeted each one present and thanked them for such a warm good-bye.
Her enthusiasm waned, however, when a city bus appeared and the puzzled crowd climbed aboard.
I’m sure none of us like to be embarrassed.
The sudden awareness that you’ve said or done something silly before an amused gathering can cause the blood to rush to your cheeks and that just makes it worse, doesn’t it?
I was watching a children’s choir in church recently on television.
They stepped up onto the chancel and lined up ready to begin to lead worship. The pianist began to play and they all, on cue, sang through the first verse beautifully and all went well until they got to the chorus.
You see, there were actions with the chorus and it was clear that some of the children knew the actions better than the others and the others were aware of that. The uncertain ones were hesitant, off-beat and made mistakes as they gazed at one another and their cheeks reddened with embarrassment. The earlier focus on worship degenerated into an awareness of one another and ultimately an awareness of self which hindered their praise…
Imagine if an African choir were to suddenly appear at the front door of the church.
If they were to march down the aisles, praising and dancing and making quite a noise, how would we react? [Read more…]