By Mike Chaffin
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
The last word in Psalms is instructive. It is uplifting. It creates joy in my spirit. It is a yelled, “Hallelujah”.
Everything that has breath is instructed to praise the Lord. There are no conditions put on this. No, ‘after this is over’, or’ when things get better’, or ‘when I get that job’ conditions to be met. It is instructing us to let that Hallelujah fly all the by and by.
It is interesting to read the words of Jesus when he is chastising the pharisees for complaining about the people praising Him as he enters Jerusalem on the back of a donkey on what we now celebrate as Palm Sunday. We read in Luke 19:
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
I suspect Jesus was referring to this passage in Psalm 150 about everything that has breath should praise the Lord. But, Jesus says, if things with breath stop praising, things without breath, like stones, would begin. I am sure this didn’t go over the pharisees heads. They knew the scripture. Jesus is telling them that he is the LORD!
If you are out of the habit of praising God, then today is a great day to start practicing. Start with a simple Hallelujah, maybe add a ‘thank you Jesus’, and finish it off with a ‘Praise God for He good’. Mix it up a little, maybe even sing it.
Prayer: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him above all you below. Praise the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. To you my Lord I thank you for being the most in my life. Hallelujah! In Jesus name, amen.