Psalm 150 - Let Every Living Thing Praise God! Hallelujah!

Psalm 150:6 (KJV) Let everything that hath 
breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.  

Psalm 150:6 (MSG) Let every living, 
breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!  


   I live on the forty-fifth parallel, which 
means my town is located halfway between the 
equator and the North Pole. Because of this, summer 
days last longer than if we were farther south. 
During the hottest months, dawn occurs between 4:30 
and 5:00 a.m. 
   Since I sometimes have trouble sleeping, 
I'm often awake before the first hint of light 
brightens the sky. I savor this time. It sets the 
course for the rest of my hours. 
   This morning, I prayed while surrounded 
by the semidarkness. The busyness of life 
hadn't intruded into my thoughts yet, and I spent 
quiet minutes with Jesus. Without distractions, I 
was able to bring Him my hopes and concerns and 
was better able to sense His will for the hours 
   Just past my window, as dawn progressed 
to sunrise, the natural world outside awakened, 
and the changes taking place were more dramatic. 
Minute by minute, the sun edged above the horizon, 
rousing all types of birds from their rest. As each 
variety woke up, they burst into song. By full 
light, doves, starlings, swifts, finches, and 
sparrows had joined together to greet the morning in 
a glorious cacophony of sound. It was as if 
they were all singing praises to our Lord, 
thanking Him for a brand-new day. I couldn't help 
   Today, like most days, Jesus graced me. 
And I'm praising Him for all He's given me. 
Light, joy, song, and always hope. by Heidi Gaul 
   Faith Step: Set your clock to wake you up 
before dawn. Watch and listen as the world around 
you comes alive. Thank Jesus for the chance at 
another day, filled anew with His blessings. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 


What is the meaning of the word 
"hallelujah"? Hallelujah means "praise the Lord." It is 
uses in the Bible only in songs of praise and 
appears exclusively in the books of Psalms and 
Revelation (Rev. 19:1-6, where it appears four times). 
The word "alleluia" in Revelation is a 
transliteration from the Hebrew word. Other Hebrew words for 
praise, hillel and hallel, appear many times in the 
Old Testament. The word "hallelujah," the 
highest form of praise, occurs only about fifteen 
times in the Old Testament, all in the Psalms. 
[The One Year Bible Companion re Psalms 111:1] 


   What do you think when someone says, 
"Praise the Lord"? Does it strike you as strange, 
appropriate, logical, or weird? Does it make you 
uncomfortable? Or does it make you feel at ease?  
   David, the author of Psalm 145, didn't 
feel shy about expressing his love for God. In 2 
Samuel 6:14, he danced for joy before the Lord, and 
here he says boldly, "Praise the Lord!".  
   Sometimes life goes on with such an even 
rhythm that we may wonder why we should praise God. 
In Psalm 145, David gives us many good reasons: 
God is great (v. 3). God does mighty, wonderful 
deeds (vv. 4-6). God is righteous (v. 7). God is 
gracious, compassionate, patient, and loving (vv. 
8-9). God rules over an everlasting kingdom (v. 
13). God lifts us up when we are down (v. 14). 
God meets all our daily needs (vv. 15-16). God 
is righteous and loving in all he does (v. 17). 
God stays near to those who call on him (v. 18). 
God hears our cries and saves us (vv. 19-20).  
   If you are looking for a reason to praise 
God, start here. He is ready to listen. [The One 
Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman 
re Psalm 145] 

   If we would but think of God as often as 
we have evidence of His care for us we should 
keep Him ever in our thoughts and should delight 
to talk of Him and to praise Him. We talk of 
temporal things because we have an interest in them. 
We talk of our friends because we love them; 
our joys and our sorrows are bound up with them. 
Yet we have infinitely greater reason to love 
God than to love our earthly friends; it should 
be the most natural thing in the world to make 
Him first in all our thoughts, to talk of His 
goodness and tell of His power. The rich gifts He has 
bestowed upon us were not intended to absorb our 
thoughts and love so much that we should have nothing 
to give to God; they are constantly to remind 
us of Him and to bind us in bonds of love and 
gratitude to our heavenly Benefactor. We dwell too 
near the lowlands of earth. Let us raise our eyes 
to the open door of the sanctuary above, where 
the light of the glory of God shines in the face 
of Christ, who "is able also to save them to 
the uttermost that come unto God by Him." 
Hebrews 7:25.   
   We need to praise God more "for His 
goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children 
of men." Psalm 107:8. Our devotional exercises 
should not consist wholly in asking and receiving. 
Let us not be always thinking of our wants and 
never of the benefits we receive. We do not pray 
any too much, but we are too sparing of giving 
thanks. We are the constant recipients of God's 
mercies, and yet how little gratitude we express, how 
little we praise Him for what He has done for us.  
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   Some parents and grandparents can't stop 
talking about their kids or grandkids. When you love 
someone, it's easy to brag about him or her. And when 
you love God, it's easy to praise him! That's 
what Psalm 150 is all about"pure praise out of 
pure love.  
   The author of this psalm apparently was a 
musician, and the psalms are literally "songs" that 
the people of God sang as they worshiped the 
Lord in the Temple. They pulled out all the stops 
to praise God. Imagine the symphony of sounds 
at this praise service! Horns blowing, harps 
plucking, flutes tooting, tambourines banging, and 
cymbals clanging"everything was used to express 
love and praise to God. Why? Because God is 
great, God is unequaled, and God is mighty. They 
just couldn't stop talking about him.  
   If you find yourself feeling down, take a 
minute to remember that God is great and good. 
Remember all he has done for you. Thank him for his 
great love and grace. Then love him back by 
joining in the praise party. [The One Year Bible for 
New Believers re Psalm 150] 


Come to Me with your gaping emptiness, 
knowing that in Me you are complete. As you rest 
quietly in My Presence, My Light within you grows 
brighter and brighter. Facing the emptiness inside 
you is simply the prelude to being filled with 
My fullness. Therefore, rejoice on those days 
when you drag yourself out of bed, feeling 
sluggish and inadequate. Tell yourself that this is a 
perfect day to depend on Me in childlike trust. If 
you persevere in this dependence as you go 
through the day, you will discover at bedtime that 
Joy and Peace have become your companions. You 
may not realize at what point they joined you on 
your journey, but you will feel the beneficial 
effects of their presence. The perfect end to such a 
day is a doxology of gratitude. I am He from 
whom all blessings flow! [2 Cor. 4:6; Mat. 5:3, 
6; Col. 2:9, 10; Psa. 150:6] [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 






If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred