Psalm 150 – 2013.

I have played the song “Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord” about 300 times since I first picked up a guitar. I wanted to explore where it came from and I found it here, Psalm 150. It says:

1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
It has lots of olden instruments in it, which could easily be made more relatable to today. Like this:
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet (trombone or euphonium are also an option);
Praise Him with an acoustic guitar and Nord stage piano!
4 Praise Him with tambourines and streetdance;
Praise Him with violins, violas, cellos, electric guitars, bass guitars, sitars (and all accompanying amplifiers and FX pedals) and flutes, clarinets or oboes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals (attached on stands near other drums);
Praise Him with hitting the aforementioned cymbals as hard as possible!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
The fact of the matter is, times change and so do our tools. These tools are necessary changes. Just because no one really plays a lyre anymore doesn’t mean we can’t praise the Lord anymore, does it? We should use whatever fits and whatever works.
Many read or would have read Psalm 150 as an instruction to celebrate (as at a feast or festival), but I like to make it more of a commandment, not to abide by weekly (playing an oboe in my worship band for example) but more so daily, taking up any of the above mentioned instruments and praising God with it.
For I am with breath, and therefore I should praise the Lord.

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