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.
It has been said that “Those who sing pray twice.” Music is often a vehicle by which faithful people speak to God. This hymn reminds us that even Jesus lifted his voice in song (a psalm) on the night on which He was betrayed.
God has given us the gift of music so that we might have something to offer back to God.
Wonderful God, let me tune any instrument that I possess for Your praise. Let me raise my own voice in rejoicing for the life You have given me. Thank You for giving me faith to sing Your praises always. Amen.