August 31, 2015

What More Can We Say?

Psalm 150

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

—  Psalm 150:6

What a fitting way to end the psalms, with jubilant praise to God! This song is the last in
a closing group of five (Ps. 146-150) that all begin and end with “Praise the Lord.”

Urging “everything that has breath” to praise God for his “acts of power” and “surpassing greatness,” this psalm celebrates the faithful Lord of all creation. So we join in with dancing and the music of all kinds of instruments to honor the almighty King of all kings.

The apostle Paul echoes this invitation, saying, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:16-17).

As we end our season in the psalms, let us give thanks for the love of God in Christ Jesus. The Lord stands with us in all the seasons of our lives. In our joy, sadness, praise, lament, thanksgiving, and much more, God is always watching over us, holding our destiny safe in his hands. The steadfast love of the Lord “endures forever” (Psalm 118; 136). So “let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord”!

Father, we cannot stop thinking of you and your good-ness. Jesus, we cannot stop praising you for redeeming us. Holy Spirit, we cannot stop being amazed at your power to renew us. To you be all glory and praise! Amen.

About the author — Thea Leunk

Thea Nyhoff Leunk has been a high school English teacher, a director of Christian education, a pastor of discipleship, and a regional coach for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is currently the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thea has also written courses for teens and young adults on world religions, Christian faith traditions, and science and the Bible. She and her husband have three adult children.

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