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Psalm 150:6 – Let Everything Praise the LORD!

31 May on Logos VOD Commentary, Old Testament, The Almighty God   Tags: , , ,

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All of creation (plants and animals) already praises the LORD (Ps 96:13) and all of mankind should (and eventually will Phil 2:10, Rom 14:11, Isa 45:23, Rev 5:13-14). We know from Colossians 1:16 that all things were created for His Glory, so it’s no surprise that everything that has breath will praise the LORD. I really like this verse because it is the final verse of a 150 chapter book all about praises. It’s like the ultimate conclusion to pages and pages of praise and worship to our heavenly Father.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! – Psalm 150:6

What do you think when you read this verse? (comment below). Let’s read what other commentators have to say about this verse.

Commentary

ESV Study Bible Notes

(The book of Psalm & from chapter 148) builds to the final wish, let everything that has breath (all Israel, all mankind, all animals; Ps 148:10-11) praise the LORD: here is where they are most fully alive Cf: Rev 5:13-14. Hallelujah!

Zondervan Bible Commentary

‘All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him’ (J. Neander, translated by C. Winkworth). Every voice to fulfill its highest function by praising its Creator, from whom it derives its breath. This OT challenge has come ringing down the centuries. ‘Let the Amen sound’ in turn from His New testament people!

Henry Morris Apologetics Bible Commentary

that hath breath. “Breath” equals “spirit.” God’s Holy Spirit will pervade the whole creation in eternity.

1599 Geneva Bible – Patriot’s Edition Notes

He showeth that all the order of nature is bound to this duty, and much more God’s children, who ought never to cease to praise him, till they be gathered into that kingdom, which he hath prepared for his, where they shall sing everlasting praise.

Archaeological Study Bible

All God’s creation that “has breath” – particularly humanity – is called to praise the Lord. (cf. 148:7–12). The Hebrew word used here applies to all living creatures endowed with life by the Creator.

Net.Bible.org – NET Notes

sn Psalm 150. The Psalter concludes with a resounding call for praise from everything that has breath.

Related Article: The Priority of Praise

Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (Complete)

Who must pay this tribute (v. 6): Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord. He began with a call to those that had a place in his sanctuary and were employed in the temple-service; but he concludes with a call to all the children of men, in prospect of the time when the Gentiles should be taken into the church, and in every place, as acceptably as at Jerusalem, this incense should be offered, Mal. 1:11. Some think that in every thing that has breath here we must include the inferior creatures (as Gen. 7:22), all in whose nostrils was the breath of life. They praise God according to their capacity. The singing of birds is a sort of praising God. The brutes do in effect say to man, “We would praise God if we could; do you do it for us.” John in vision heard a song of praise from every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, Rev. 5:13. Others think that only the children of men are meant; for into them God has in a more peculiar manner breathed the breath of life, and they have become living souls, Gen. 2:7. Now that the gospel is ordered to be preached to every creature, to every human creature, it is required that every human creature praise the Lord. What have we our breath, our spirit, for, but to spend it in praising God; and how can we spend it better? Prayers are called our breathings, Lam. 3:56. Let every one that breathes towards God in prayer, finding the benefit of that, breathe forth his praises too. Having breath, let the praises of God perfume our breath; let us be in this work as in our element; let it be to us as the air we breathe in, which we could not live without. Having our breath in our nostrils, let us consider that it is still going forth, and will shortly go and not return. Since therefore we must shortly breathe our last, while we have breath let us praise the Lord, and then we shall breathe our last with comfort, and, when death runs us out of breath, we shall remove to a better state to breathe God’s praises in a freer better air.

The first three of the five books of psalms (according to the Hebrew division) concluded with Amen and Amen, the fourth with Amen, Hallelujah, but the last, and in it the whole book, concludes with only Hallelujah, because the last six psalms are wholly taken up in praising God and there is not a word of complaint or petition in them. The nearer good Christians come to their end the fuller they should be of the praises of God. Some think that this last psalm is designed to represent to us the work of glorified saints in heaven, who are there continually praising God, and that the musical instruments here said to be used are no more to be understood literally than the gold, and pearls, and precious stones, which are said to adorn the New Jerusalem, Rev. 21:18, 19. But, as those intimate that the glories of heaven are the most excellent glories, so these intimate that the praises the saints offer there are the most excellent praises. Prayers will there be swallowed up in everlasting praises; there will be no intermission in praising God, and yet no weariness—hallelujahs for ever repeated, and yet still new songs. Let us often take a pleasure in thinking what glorified saints are doing in heaven, what those are doing whom we have been acquainted with on earth, but who have gone before us thither; and let it not only make us long to be among them, but quicken us to do this part of the will of God on earth as those do it that are in heaven. And let us spend as much of our time as may be in this good work because in it we hope to spend a joyful eternity. Hallelujah is the word there (Rev. 19:1, 3); let us echo to it now, as those that hope to join in it shortly. Hallelujah, praise you the Lord.

The Geneva Study Bible

He shows that all the order of nature is bound to this duty, and much more God’s children, who ought never to cease to praise him, till they are gathered into that kingdom, which he has prepared for his, where they will sing everlasting praise.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord,…. Even the brute creatures, as in a preceding; but more especially man, in whom God has breathed the breath of life, and is become not only a living but a rational soul; and more especially spiritual men, converted persons, whether Jews or Gentiles; on whom the Spirit of the Lord has breathed, and whom he has quickened; and who breathe in prayer after divine things; and who also have abundant reason to bless and praise his name for what he has bestowed upon them, and has in reserve for them; and for which they should praise him as long as they have breath; see Revelation 5:13;

praise ye the Lord; all before mentioned, and in the manner as directed, and that in time and to all eternity. Thus ends the book of Psalms.

There is another psalm added in the Septuagint, Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, and in the metaphrase of Apollinarius; but is owned to be a supernumerary one, and not to be found in all copies; and is said to be written by David, when he fought with Goliath, and conquered him, and is as follows.

1. I was little among my brethren, and a youth in my father’s house; I fed my father’s sheep. 2. My hands made (or used) the organ; and my fingers fitted (or played on) the psaltery or harp: 3. And who hath declared to my Lord? he is Lord, he hath heard. 4. He sent his angel, and took me from my father’s sheep; and anointed me with the oil of his anointing, 5. My brethren were goodly and great; and the Lord delighted not in them. 6. I went forth to meet the stranger (the Philistine), and he cursed me by his idols: 7. And I threw at him three stones into his forehead, by the power of the Lord, and laid him prostrate {z}. 8. I drew out the sword from him; I cut off his head, and took away reproach from the children of Israel.

{z} This verse is only in the Arabic version.

Charles H. Spurgeon’s Bible Sermons

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. “Let all breath praise him”: that is to say, all living beings. He gave them breath, let them breathe his praise. His name is in the Hebrew composed rather of breathings than of letters, to show that all breath comes from him: therefore let it be used for him. Join all ye living things in the eternal song. Be ye least or greatest, withhold not your praises. What a day will it be when all things in all places unite to glorify the one only living and true God! This will be the final triumph of the church of God. Praise ye the LORD. Once more, Hallelujah! Thus is the Psalm rounded with the note of praise; and thus is the Book of Psalms ended by a glowing word of adoration. Reader, wilt not thou at this moment pause a while, and worship the Lord thy God? Hallelujah!

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