Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:6)
From Beginning To End
The book of the Psalms is a treasure trove of how people of God glorify the majestic name of our Creator, Savior, Guardian, Punisher, Confidante, and Judge. One hundred and fifty psalms fill the pages with vivid descriptions of the nature of Jehovah and His love for sinful man. These psalms are only a mere fragment of the thousands of psalms written by men like Moses, David, Solomon, Asaph and the sons of Korah (to name a few). Attached to many of the psalms are musical instructions to favor the reading to a melody of praise to the Lord. It was the early hymnal of the saints.
Psalm 1 begins with a plea for man to walk in the right counsel. Trying to follow earthly counsel will only bring unhappiness and this theme is found throughout the psalms. One hundred and fifty psalms later the book ends with the only conclusion possible – everything under the heavens needs to praise the Lord.
This book is much like the journey of life. We are born as the creation seeking its Creator. Decisions of right and wrong must be made and through knowledge of God we begin to make those decisions that will lead us by the still waters. Tracing our lives through the psalms we find almost immediately a need for a Savior who is declared as “My Son” (Psalm 2). The Lord will help and guide man to salvation by following in the paths of righteousness. True worship is exalted throughout the Psalms as men turn from the idols of this world. Vengeance and punishment is also found as those who rebel against the will of God will find His severity meted out to them. Nations who forget God will be destroyed. Psalms is a journey of life. It begins with man but it ends with the Lord. That is what life is all about. No matter what we do in life all men will face the Lord in the end.
Psalm 150 is the conclusion of the whole matter. Fearing God and keeping His commandments is the whole of man illustrated by one hundred fifty declarations of the need of man to praise the Lord with every part of his being. God’s word is true – read the Psalms. God’s salvation is promised – read the Psalms. Redemption can only be found in a relationship with the Savior – read the Psalms. How to be a good husband and wife; father, mother, son, daughter, friend, employee, citizen – servant of God; it’s all in there. Read the book of Psalms and see how many practical daily life living lessons you will find there. If you do what Psalm 1 declares you will have no choice when you get to Psalm 150!