Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 150\\

This psalm is of the same kind and upon the same subject with the two
preceding ones; and very probably was written by the same hand, and
about the same time; and is a very proper psalm to conclude this book
with, being all praise. Some say {q} this psalm was sung by the
Israelites, when they came with their firstfruits into the sanctuary,
with the basket on their shoulders. "Thirteen" times in this short
psalm is the word "praise" used; not on account of thirteen properties
or perfections in God, as Kimchi thinks: but it is so frequently and in
every clause used, to show the vehement desire of the psalmist that the
Lord might be praised; and to express his sense of things, how worthy
he is of praise; and that all ways and means to praise him should be
made use of, all being little enough to set forth his honour and glory.
And not the Levites only, whose business it was in the temple service
to praise the Lord with musical instruments, are here exhorted to it,
as R. Judah the Levite thinks, but all people; not the people of Israel
only, as Kimchi; but the Gentiles also, even all that have breath,
\\#Ps 150:6\\. For, as R. Obadiah Gaon observes, this psalm belongs to the
times of the Messiah; to the Gospel dispensation, to the latter part of
it, especially when Jews and Gentiles shall be converted; and when all
will praise the Lord, as they will have reason for it.

{q} Weemse's Christ. Synagog. l. 1. c. 6. s. 4. p. 145.