Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament![a]
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
The biblical book of Psalms is a marvelous collection of faithful poetry. The words and verses in the Psalms can help our souls soar. As “the hymnbook of ancient Israel” we find instructions in the text for singing and presenting many of these pieces in worship. It is appropriate that many of our own hymns have been inspired by psalms. In the “Glory to God Hymnal”, the final biblical psalm (Psalm 150) is linked to over 2 dozen hymns. Let’s close out the book of Psalms as some of those songs set our own souls soaring in praise to God.
In the Glory to God Hymnal, it is noted that this hymn paraphrases much of Psalm 100. In the index, the editors also suggest that All People That on Earth Do Dwell shares a strong connection with Psalm 150.
This last psalm in the collection of Hebrew songs begins with the directive that we should “Praise the Lord!” (vs 1)
This last song ends with a simple hope that “Everything that breathes should praise the Lord! (vs 6)
Wonderful God, all of us who dwell on this marvelous planet should sing to You with cheerful voice. Let me serve You with mirth, and tell forth Your praise, as I come before You today rejoicing. Amen.