Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy house of worship, praise Him under the open skies; Praise Him for His acts of power, praise Him for His magnificent greatness; Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings; Praise Him with castanets and dance, praise Him with banjo and flute; Praise Him with cymbals and a big bass drum, praise Him with fiddles and mandolin. Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! Hallelujah! Psalm 150:1-6 (The Message)

The dictionary defines praise as the act of extolling or exaltation of a deity, ruler, or hero; worship. To extol suggests joy, excitement, adoration or glorification. The writer of this Psalm is encourages the reader to worship and praise God with their entire being.

Our spiritual journey in life presents two roads: the road to eternal life and the road to death. As we embark on our journey we encounter obstacles, troubles, joy, grief, pain, and success. If we have chosen the road to life through Jesus Christ, then we have chosen the right road. When we choose this path, and as our life comes to a close, we can truly praise the Lord through faith, knowing that our choice has given us everlasting life in that place He has prepared for us.

Let’s praise Him in the morning, in the midnight hour, when things are going well, and surely even when things are going wrong. He sees, He hears, and He knows all that we are experiencing, and He delights in our praises. Let’s just praise the Lord. His greatest joy comes when we, his creation, genuinely trust, worship, and praise Him.

Psalm 106:1 (The Message)  – “Hallelujah! Thank GOD! And why? Because He’s good, because His love lasts.”

Psalm 147:1 (The Message) – “Hallelujah! It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.”

Psalm 150:1 (King James Version)  “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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