Psalms 150

A Psalm of Praise.

1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His 1sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty 2expanse.
2 Praise Him for His 3mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent 4greatness.
3 Praise Him with 5trumpet sound; Praise Him with 6harp and lyre.
4 Praise Him with 7timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with 8stringed instruments and 9pipe.
5 Praise Him with loud 10cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let 11everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 150 Commentary

Chapter 150

A psalm of praise.

- We are here stirred up to praise God. Praise God for his sanctuary, and the privileges we enjoy by having it among us; praise him because of his power and glory in the firmament. Those who praise the Lord in heaven, behold displays of his power and glory which we cannot now conceive. But the greatest of all his mighty acts is known in his earthly sanctuary. The holiness and the love of our God are more displayed in man's redemption, than in all his other works. Let us praise our God and Saviour for it. We need not care to know what instruments of music are mentioned. Hereby is meant that in serving God we should spare no cost or pains. Praise God with strong faith; praise him with holy love and delight; praise him with entire confidence in Christ; praise him with believing triumph over the powers of darkness; praise him by universal respect to all his commands; praise him by cheerful submission to all his disposals; praise him by rejoicing in his love, and comforting ourselves in his goodness; praise him by promoting the interests of the kingdom of his grace; praise him by lively hope and expectation of the kingdom of his glory. Since we must shortly breathe our last, while we have breath let us praise the Lord; then we shall breathe our last with comfort. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Such is the very suitable end of a book inspired by the Spirit of God, written for the work of praise; a book which has supplied the songs of the church for more than three thousand years; a book which is quoted more frequently than any other by Christ and his apostles; a book which presents the loftiest ideas of God and his government, which is fitted to every state of human life, which sets forth every state of religious experience, and which bears simple and clear marks of its Divine origin.

Cross References 11

  • 1. Psalms 73:17; Psalms 102:19
  • 2. Psalms 19:1
  • 3. Psalms 145:12
  • 4. Deuteronomy 3:24; Psalms 145:3
  • 5. Psalms 98:6
  • 6. Psalms 33:2
  • 7. Psalms 149:3
  • 8. Psalms 45:8; Isaiah 38:20
  • 9. Genesis 4:21; Job 21:12
  • 10. 2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chronicles 13:8; 1 Chronicles 15:16; Ezra 3:10; Nehemiah 12:27
  • 11. Psalms 103:22; Psalms 145:21

Footnotes 6

Chapter Summary


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.

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