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Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx

Episode 82 · 10 months ago

The Final Hallelujah

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The Final Hallelujah

Psalm 150

Ed Wolff - preaching

My guess is as if I were to take a survey of the congregation, if I were to go around and point to each person say I want you to quote a scripture from the old testam testaments. We went around the room, my guess is that when we would get done, probably the most quoted book of the Bible in the Old Testament would probably be the book of Psalms. And if that's true, you would be in good company because, if you've noticed as you read through the New Testament, the most quoted book from the New Testament of the old is also the Book of Psalms. This book has been a a a favorite of Christians from the time of Christ all the way till today. It is a favorite. It is the most well known for many of us book in the old, Old Testament, the most quoted, the most beloved verses. There is something about this book that we love. What is it about this book that we are so drawn to? I think there are many things that could draw us to the Book of Psalms, but I think at least one of them is that this is a poetic picture of the life of an individual that is living their life before the face of God, striving to live in the glory of God, in responding to God as they live in a broken world, as broken people being rescued by a great God. Most of the Book of Psalms are prayers, prayers of individuals that are living life and they are encountering brokenness, sometimes brokenness and their own lives, sometimes brokenness in the world around them. They are encountering life and they are responding to that to God. They are crying out to God. They are responding with their intellect they are responding with with their emotions. They are responding intellectually, they are responding emotionally, they are responding in so many ways. They are crying out to God. Sometimes that emotion is joy and happiness. Some Times that emotion is sorrow and pain and confusion. I think when we look at the Book of Psalms, many times what we see is we can identify with the Book of Psalms because we ourselves are living a Christian life, we are living alive before the face of God, experience of the brokenness of the world, experiencing our own brokenness, experiencing the brokenness of other people, and we see ourselves in the Book of Psalms. We identify with the PSALMIST. It's interesting the most of the situations that are going on that cause these psalms we don't know. We know a few, we don't know all. We can see ourselves in the psalms. Martin Luther has said that that in the PSALTER is the book of All Saints, that everyone, in whatever situation he may be, fines in that situation, psalms and words that fit his ease, that suit him, as if they were put there just for his sake so that he could not put it better himself or fined or wish for anything better. Brothers, Valentine's Day is coming up. You do realize this right mark your calendars. I think it's the same day every year. I'm not sure. One of the things that you need to do before Valentine's Day is you need to go to a store and buy at least a...

...card for your spouse. Now, when you go to buy a card for your spouse, here's what you are doing. You are expressing, you are finding words to express in your heart what you feel for your spouse in ways that you may not know how to say it. Sometimes. I love you is those three words don't quite encompass all of the emotion that we have for our spouses. And so you go and you pick through the cards and you find some poet tree that is in there that expresses what's in your heart, but you don't know how to say the Book of Psalms does that. As we experience joys, as we experience sorrow, as we experience confusion, as we long to praise the Lord and when we long to know where God is, the psalms give us words and poetry to express ourselves to God. And what's glorious is that this is not just the expression of what God has done, this is the word of God as well. This is truth, and so it gives us an ordained way for us to express ourselves, ordained way for us to work through the things that we are going through. This can become truly the soundtrack of our sanctification Shan as we live our lives each day striving to glorify God until the day that he returns. And so, with that in mind, I want us to begin an occasional series on the book of Psalms. I mentioned several weeks ago that we are going to try to begin singing more psalms, and that's one of the things we're going to do this year is learn some psalms so that we can put that into our repertoires, to the we can sing not just hymns and spiritual songs, but also Sing Psalms, and is DAX and I were talking about how many times he wanted me to preach this this year. It's interesting that that, by the Providence of God, seem to roughly coincide with the amount of psalms that it looked like we were going to learn. So I thought, hopefully, by the movement of the Holy Spirit, that the thing that would be really nice to do is not only to learn how to sing these songs but also to study these psalms together, that that might encourage us as we sing these psalms, as we have studied them, as we have put our minds into them, then we can express ourselves in song as we sing them together from now until the until the Lord returns. So that's the ideas. We're going to go through a occasional series called the psalms we are singing in this morning. We are going to look at Psalm one hundred and fifty. We're going to begin at the end Psalm one hundred and fifty. So if you have closed your Bible and encourage you to turn back to Psalm one hundred and fifty, we're going to look at these six verses this morning. Now, before we get into just delving into the text itself, I do want to give you a little bit of background about the Book of Psalms. Sometimes, I think we can think of the Book of Psalms a little bit like a spotify playlist or, if you're old like me, a mixtape. We kind of think of this as just these random songs that are connected because they're about God and they're kind of shuffled together and thrown into the book. But that's not the way that we see it. In fact, there is a specific arrangement to the way the psalms are put together. There's a lot of discussion about what that arrange man is in all of its detail, but at least we know these things. As you read through the Book of Psalms, you will notice that it is divided into five books, book one, two, three, four and five. Is there any other collection of books that are grouped into five that were very important to the Jews and into the Israelites? Anybody know the books of Moses, the the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. I don't think, then, that it is a coincidence that psalm...

...one begins like this. The very first Psalm says blessed is the man who walks not in the council of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law or the Torah of the Lord, and on his tour he meditates night and day. And this is a perfect introduction to the book of Psalms, as the love of the Lord and the love of his word and the love of his law and the love of hearing from God is a foundation for all of the Book of Psalms. This is a perfect introduction. As you read through the Book of Psalms, you will notice that there are at least two main categories of psalms. There's some subcategories that we'll talk about throughout the year, but there are two main categories of psalms. You have praise Psalms, praise, glory, Hallelujah, happiness, joy. Right, we're going to look at one this morning. Fact, we may be looking at the greatest of them all the morning, certainly the final one. But more of the psalms that are praise are laments. They are cries of sorrow, of repentance, like we use in Psalm thirty eight this morning. Their cries of confusion and their cries of where God, are you? Why aren't you bringing vindication? What is going on? Their cries of sorrow and confusion and pain and hurt. And what you see is you back up to see the entire Book of Psalms as you will recognize that while there are laments and praises throughout the entire book, which you will see is that towards the front of the book there are more laments than there are praises and toward the end of the book there's more praises and there are laments. And so there seems to be this progression of that the laments and the pain is giving way to praise, it is giving way to joy and it will end in praise and it will end enjoy Eugene Peterson has said that the psalm show praise as the end of prayer and the goal at which all of the Psalm prayer, Psalm prayers arrive at their longing travels through the unmapped back countries of pain, doubt and trouble and own, with only occasional vistas of sunlit lands along the way. All prayer pursue due far enough becomes praise. Any prayer, no matter how desperate its origin, no matter how angry and fearful the experiences it traverses, ends up in praise. It doesn't always get there quickly or easily. The trip can take a lifetime, but in the end it is always praise. What we are experiencing today a is going to end in praise. And you see this even throughout the book, as the laments many times, almost every time, but one has a section of trust, a section of praise, the section of dedication to the Lord, even in the midst of the pain. When you end each book, each book ends with a doxology, each book ends with a scripture like psalm forty one, verse thirteen. That ends book one. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen. And when you finally get to the end of the book, You have five psalms that are only doxologies praising the Lord. They're called the Hallelujah Psalms, and they're called the Hollyelujah psalms because each one of them begin and end with the word Holly Luja. Hollelujah is a compound word, hallel, meaning praise. It means praise or due, who admire, to boast into eulogize. Think about what you do at a you ledgy. You you're lifting someone up, you're talking about their good deeds, you're talking about how great they were. The idea of Hollell is to praise, to admire, to you just to boast into lift up your praising Yaw, which is...

...just short for Y'all. While you're praising Y'all way, praise Lord. When you say Hollelujah, and you ought to say Hallelujah, that was giving you a chance. There you go. You are saying praise the Lord, Praise Y'all way for what he has done. The last few psalms begin this crescendo of praising the Lord. You know what a crescendo is in music? A crescendo is when something is one volume and it begins to swell to another volume and it begins to swell to another volume and it finally ends in this Sonic Mountain top. That's what's happening in the Hollyelujah Psalms, from some one hundred and forty six all the way to one hundred and fifty. And Psalm one hundred and fifty is that Sonic Mountain top. In fact, Charles spurgeon actually said that it is a the last summit of the mountain chain of Psalms. It rises high into the clear, a jure, and it it's brow is bathed in the sunlight of the eternal world, world of worship. It is a rapture. The poet Prophet is full of inspiration and enthusiasm. He slays not to argue, to teach, to explain, but cries with burning words praise him, praise him, praise Ye, the Lord. That is what we will be looking at this morning, a psalm that is calling us and commending us to praise the Lord. The word praise, that the English word that we use to describe Hollel, comes from a Latin word that basically means to give worth, to give value to. When you are praising something, you are giving it value. When we praise the Lord, we are saying, God, you are the most worthy, you are the most valuable thing in the universe. That's what we are saying. C S Lewis and his reflections of the psalms say this, and some of you may have heard this before. The most obvious fact about praise, whether of God or anything, strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. Lovers praising their mistresses, readers, their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game, praise of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries, historical person to just children, flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare Beatles, even politicians and scholars. I had not noticed either that just as man spontaneously praise whatever they value, they also spontaneously urge others to join them in praising. Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that was magnificen? See, the Psalmist is telling everyone to praise God, that to do what men were meant to do, what we delight to do, what, indeed, we can't help but doing about everything we value. All of us are worshippers. All of us praise something. What is it that you praise? What is it that you give your time and energy to? What is it that you exalted lift up? What is it that you are encouraging other people to praise? What the PSALMIST is calling to us to insom one fifty is to not simply to praise the gifts, but to praise the giver, to praise the one that is genuinely over and above worthy of the praise that we have, to praise the Lord. It has both a command, it is an overflow of his heart and it is an encouragement for us to come together and praise the Lord. And what Psalm one fifty does is it shows us how, where, why and who should praise the Lord. Those are the four things that we're going to look at this morning, Lord Willing, it's going to show us someone fifty shows us where the Lord should be praised, it...

...shows us why the Lord should be praised, it shows us how the Lord should be praised and it shows us who should praise the Lord. So let's start with the first one. Where should the Lord be praised? Look at verse one of Psalm One fifty. Praise the Lord, Praise God in his sanctuary, praise him in his mighty heavens. One of the things that you will notice as you go through Psalm one fifty, if you read all of the Hollelujah Psalms, is that many times it is referring back to something that has been previously said in one of the other psalms. So, for instance, if you go back to one hundred and forty nine, the psalmist says this, praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the Godly. Let Israel be glad in his maker, let the Children of Zion rejoice in their king. It is calling the people of God when they are gathered together in the sanctuary, which the sanctuary is just a place where God's people gather, whether that's in the temple, whether that's in the synagogue, whether it's in a festival, where ever it may be. When God's people are joined together, their goal is to praise the Lord, to lift up their voices and hearts and minds to Exalt God. That's the idea. That's what we're here to do this morning. That's why we come here on Sunday mornings. We may have many reasons why we come here on Sunday morning, many good reasons why we come here on Sunday mornings, but the ultimate reason that we are here is to gather together as the redeemed of God, those have been rescued by God, to praise him, to lift him up, to exalt him high. That's why we are here. We're here to praise him and we are called to praise him when we gather. But as we look at this text, as we look at all of the Old Testament, especially the psalms through the limbs of the cross, we recognize something. We recognize that we are not only supposed to praise God when we are here. It's not like, you know, ten, forty five to what thirty or so when we normally get out. It's not like that's the only time during the week that we are supposed to praise God. Think about what Dax told us about a few weeks ago. In John, Chapter two, Jesus goes into temple, he he slams over the tables and he looks at the temple and he says, I will destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up, this sanctuary, this place of worship, this place where you come and meet God. I'm going to tear it down. And he does not by brick and mortar, but by his blood, when he goes to the Cross and he dies in the place of sinful people like you and me, when he lays in the tomb for three days and when he rises from the dead, when Christ is risen, he has risen. Indeed, when that happens, when he walks out of the grave, the the curtain of the temple is torn when his when he's crucified right people come out of their graves, and when he rises from the dead on Sunday morning. That is a picture that he has been successful in tearing down the meeting place of God. It is no longer a building, it is now a person. We go to worship in Jesus. That is where our sanctuary is, that is where we meet God, that is where we worship God, and the first Corinthias tells us that when, when we believe in God, when we accept God, when he transforms and changes our lives, that we are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lives and resides inside of us and that means that we are the sanctuary of God. We so we don't really come into the sanctuary on Sunday morning. The sanctuary comes into the building and gathers together to worship our God, because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that means that when we are here, God meets us in a special way as we worship and...

...adore him. But that also means it on Monday morning, on Tuesday afternoon, on Friday night, whatever it may be, we ought to be praising and worshiping the Lord in the same way we are doing it this morning, with every ounce of our being, everything that we do ought to be used and done to praise the Lord, no matter where we are on the face of the planet. If we are on earth, we should be praising the Lord and everything we do. And not only on earth should the Lord be praised, but it also says that he ought to be praised in his mighty heavens. His Mighty Heavens, look at saw one, forty eight. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights, praise him all his angels, praise him all his host praise him son and Moon. Praise him. All you shining stars, Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the heavens. This word heavens here in Psalm one fifty. Some of your translations, if you don't have the ESV, may say something like firmament or expanse. It's reminiscent of Genesis Chapter One. The second day of creation. God said, let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate the waters from the waters. And so it was, and God called the expanse heaven. There are three main ways that the Bible speaks about the word heaven. One is the sky, one is outer space, where the Sun and the moon and the stars are, and one is the place where God is, the place where those of us who have put faith in Christ, if we die before Jesus is returned, will go to be with him in heaven. What this scripture is saying is that it doesn't matter if you're on earth, it doesn't matter if you're in the sky, it doesn't matter if you're in space, it doesn't matter if you're beyond time and matter. Everywhere there is ought to be a place where God is praised. That's the idea. So where should God be praised? Everywhere, everywhere. So now that we know God should be praised everywhere, why should he be praised? Why should we praise this God? Look at first two. Praise him for his mighty deeds. Praise him according to his excellent greatness. The first thing it says is that we ought to praise God for what he does, for his outward actions. We saw some of these in Psalm one hundred forty six that we used as our call to worship this morning. Let me read you to some of them, to you again. Blessed is he whose help is the Lord of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord, his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, creation, who keeps faith forever, who who executes justice on the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry? The Lord sets the prisoner free, the Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. The Lord loves the Righteous, the Lord watches over the sojourners, he upholds the widow on the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. God has done great things. His creation is great and because of this acts of creation, all that he is made by simply speaking it into existence. We ought to worship him for all that he's made, all that we see and each other, and we ought to praise God not just for his creation, but praise him for his providence. He didn't just spin it into existence and sit back. He is active in the world, bringing justice and and and bringing down oppression and and bringing food and helping the weak and and bringing wicked people to judgment. He is working in the midst of the world, in the midst of all things, leading them ultimately to the great in that he has planned for them. He's providential. Not only that, some one hundred and forty nine also reminds us of one more thing. Some one hundred and forty...

...nine verse, for for the Lord takes pleasure in his people. He adorns the humble with salvation. We praise him for his saving acts, the fact that he has chosen, though we have spurred him, that we have spit in his face, though we are his enemies, he has chosen to send his son to rescue us, to save us, to redeem us, to live, for us, to die in our place, to rise again on the third day. That so that, through faith in him, we might be rescued, we might be saved, we might be accepted. All the glorious things that God has done for you. This morning, think of them, meditate on them, think about who God is, think about what he has done, think about his creation, think about his prophets, think about what he has done to bring you to salvation. Think about the fact that right now you are accepted by God on the basis of Christ and not on your own. That should, all of those things should swell in our hearts so that we would lift up our shouts of Hollylujah, praise the Lord Amen. Praise him for those things, but we don't just praise him for what he has done according to this we praise him for who he is. Praise him according to his excellent greatness. You know, I may do some nice things for you, I may do some good things, but many times I may be doing those good things even though what's going on in my heart isn't so good, or I might have good intentions that never end up flowing out into good things. But God, when he does good things, when he does mighty worst, those are always flowing out of his great and Glorious Majesty. He does good things because he himself is good. He does loving things because he himself is loving. This is who our God is. Just take a moment and think about, not necessarily what God has done, but think about who he is, his sovereignty, his mercy, his steadfast love, his his, his omnipresence, his his all knowingness, his his his his grace, his justice. Think about who God is. That end and of itself ought to spur us to worship just who he is. He is the one who is most worthy, who is most valuable. He is the most valuable thing in your life simply because of who he is, and it flows out of that greatness. Is God doing in our lives great things, and so we should praise him. We should lift our hearts and mind is and voices up to him because of who he is and what he has done. Why should we praise the Lord? Because of everything he has done, because of everything he is, because of everything. Where should we worship him? Everywhere. Why should we worship him for everything? Now the question becomes how do we worship him? Look at verses three through five. Praise Him with trumpet sound praise Him with Lute and her praise him with tambourine and dance, praise him with strings and pipe, praise him with resounding symbols. Praise Him with loud, crashing symbols. Amen, Matthew, loud crashing symbols. This shows us how we are to praise the Lord. Now, the obvious thing here is it says that we are to praise the Lord with music. That's not that's it's not unusual, considering the fact that these are songs. Right.

In fact, the word psaw him, the title of the book, comes from the Greek words almost, which means songs. So it's not unusual that we would see that music would be the way that it's calling us to praise it. If you think about it, music is such an amazing gift from God. It is an amazing thing that God has given music. Music isn't just something that God gives. It is the the prime way that God has given us to worship and praise him. The the the the purest and gloss glorious form of music is music that was made to glorify God, because that is the reason it exists. Martin Luther is said that that that other than the word of God in Jesus Christ himself. Music may be the greatest gift that God has given us, because there is something about this this, this this thing, this this music, this these melodies that God has given that causes us to be able to praise and worship and express ourselves in ways that we can't in other ways. And so he is calling us to take the gifts that he has given us in music and use them for his praising glory. That doesn't mean that you have to be able to play an instrument or seeing well. It just means he has given this gift so that you might use it to glorify and honor him. But does that mean that if you can't sing very well or you've tried to learn to play the guitar and it just stayed happening, that you can't praise Lord? Is that what it's talking about? Certainly not. I think there's something more here that I want us to see. Notice the instruments that it tells you to praise the Lord with. Praise him with the trumpets. Sound the trumpet is an interesting thing. Throughout all the scripture, the trumpet is not just used in the praise of God it is used to call other people together there to praise God, also for battle. is also the calling to gof together for for festivals, and when Jesus comes again, there is going to be a trumpet to gather all of his church from the four winds. The trumpet is not simply a way to praise God, it is a way to bring the people of God together for praise. Are You with me? And when you look at the other instruments, instruments that are in here, they seem to be least is, the commentators are telling me, most of the instruments that would be used in worship and praise. In other words, we're getting the whole band together, and we're getting the whole band together not simply so that the band can worship, but so that it can lead others in worship. You know, when we, as the praise team, come in here on a eight or a thirty on Sunday morning and we practice, we're not just practicing so we can play our favorite songs or that we can like have a little, you know, five or six man worship session up here. We are certainly taking these gifts and talents that God has blessed us with and bringing in together for our own worship. Sure, we're worshiping, but our goal is to bring you into worship, to give you a resources that you might lift your eyes and lift your hearts and lift your your all of who you are to God. We are calling us together to praise the Lord as a body of believers in his sanctuary, to praise the Lord. That's the goal. I think we can extend that on to say that whatever gift God has given you, use it for the glory of God. So that means, first of all, if you are here this morning and you play a musical instrument or you sing, my encouragement to you is use that gift for the glory of God. That's why you have it. Use It for the glory of God in your own life and if you want to help lead the church and worship, comes see me so that maybe you can come up here and help the rest...

...of US bring ourselves all together into worship. Let me know, use it for the worship of God. But that also means that whatever gift God has given you, whatever talent, whatever gift the Holy Spirit is given you, it is to be used for your worship to God and it is to be used for for encouraging and calling other people to come together in worship. So makes sense. In a few minutes, when I finally shut up, we're going to ordain some deacons and those deacons are bringing the giftings that they have been given, recognized by the congregation, and they are bringing them for use within the body they are going to be worshiping. As they're doing those things, it may be playing the base and may be cutting the grass, it may be visiting somebody, may be caught. Whatever gifts that have been given, they're going to be using it for the glory of God, but they're also going to using it to spur the rest of us on to glorify and honor God by serving one another's that makes sense. Wherever you are, whatever gift you've been given, use it for the glory of God. But outside of instruments, there's something else in here that it says that we ought to do for the glory of God not only play the the harp and the liar and the tambourine and and crash the symbols as loud as matthew can crash the symbols, but it says that we are to to dance, to dance before the Lord. Now I don't necessarily think he's necessarily talking about doing the foss. You know, I can. I can do that too. I don't know that that's necessarily what he's talking about here. That does any wrong with doing the fass? I hope not. I just did it. But but there's something deeper here and I think there's a couple of passages that can help us. In First Samuel, chapter six, listen to this. So David went and brought up the Ark of God from the House of Obed Edam to the city of David with rejoicing. And when those who bore the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal, and David danced before the Lord with all his might. In exdus, Chapter Fifteen, starting verse nineteen, listen to this for though, for when the horses of Pharaoh, with his chariots and his horsemen, went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them. The people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. Then Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand and all the women went out after her with tambourine and dancing, and Miriam saying with them, seeing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously the horse and his rider has been thrown into the sea. Well, we see here is a response of worshippers to who God is by dancing. When David, when the ARC is coming into the the the the into Jerusalem, here's what's happening. David is excited, he is praising, he is exuberant because the God, who is excellent in his greatness, is coming back in the throne of God, is coming back into the city of Jerusalem, and the praise that is inside of his heart, the praise that is inside of his being, simply cannot be contained. It must come out of his body. Are You with me? That's the exuberance than it. He cannot contain it. It has to be his body, has to be affected by what's going on inside of him. Are You with me? When this happens in exodus, this is a response to the great works of God and how he has saved the Israelites, how he's redeemed them, how he's brought them out of slavery, how he is saved there from a completely impossible situation, how he is defeated their enemies, how he is saving them, how he is rescuing them, and because of the mighty acts of God and the worship that...

...is inside of them and the praise that is inside of them, they simply can't hold it in. It has to be motivated by their bodies. Their bodies have to be animated by that praise. That's the idea. I don't think psalm one fifty is necessarily simply talking about it. Prays that happens in the moment. I hope that when the band is up here we're practicing so that we're not distracting but it does mean that the dancing that is talking about is a dancing before the Lord with the praise of his that is inside of you. Has To be has to come out of you. You with me, and what that means is, if that happens, dance, dance before the Lord. If that's got to come out in you, it is okay to do it. But I think it also means something else. Not only should we have the freedom to dance before the Lord, to express ourselves bodily before the Lord. Not only should we do that, but the praise in our hearts should affect how our bodies move also throughout the week. I'm not necessarily saying that you dance at work. Maybe, if you can get away with it, but what I am saying is this is the praise that we have for our God in our heart ought to not only move us to dance, it also ought to move us to walk over to our neighbor and serve them. It also ought to move our bodies to go over to someone who is in need and help them. It ought to motivate us to go to somebody down the street or somebody across the world and share the message of the Gospel with them. It ought to motivate us to help someone who has oppressed or to whatever it may be. That the praise that we have from our God should motivate us to move and to do to praise him with our bodies. I think that's the gist of what it's saying here. So dance and serve and spend your souls, in your lives and your bodies for the glory of Christ. So how? So where we supposed to praise God? Everywhere? Why are we supposed to praise him for everything? How are we supposed to praise him with, with everything, every way we can? The last question is who should praise? Who should praise the Lord? Look at verse six. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. In the Hebrew it is all breath. Praise y'all, all breath, praise you, all breath, praise the Lord. It's certainly hearkens back to the end of Psalm one, forty eight looks. Look at verse seven. Praise the Lord word from the Earth, you, great sea creatures and All Depths, fire and hail, snow and Miss Stormy wins, fulfilling his word, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, beasts and all livestoped, creeping things and flying birds, kings of the earth and all people's princes and all rulers of the earth, young men and maidens together, old men and children, let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted. His Majesty is above Earth and heaven. When we hear that that everything that all breath ought to praise the Lord, it's certainly encounters that. That's the first thing we think of. Is the kind of the idea of of everything, all of his creation, praise the Lord, whether it's a mountain, whether it's a dog, whether it's a Giraffe, whether it's a bird, whether it's the sun or the moon and the stars, everything praise the Lord, and that is certainly part of that. But there is one creature that God has made uniquely, there is one creature that he has made in his image, there is one creature that has a supreme duty to praise the Lord. I don't think it's a an accident that here in a verse that is already put our minds back in Genesis one, that is already talked about creation.

I don't think it's unusual that he says let everything that has breath praise Lord. It reminds me of Genesis Chapter two. Then the Lord God formed the man from dust, from the ground, and breathe into his nostrils the breath of life. The man became a living creature. See what this text is calling? It is calling all creation to praise the Lord, but it is specifically and most gloriously calling all humanity to praise the Lord, for people to praise the Lord, for humans, those that are made in the image of God to praise the Lord. Notice what it does not say. It does not say let every Israelite praise the Lord. It doesn't say let every Hebrew praise the Lord. It doesn't say let every woman praise the Lord or every man praise the Lord. It doesn't say let every American praise Lord. It says let everything that has breath, let all humanity, praise the Lord. See, this is why we do missions. John Piper his famously said in his book let the nations be glad. Mission is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Mission exists because worship does not worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity, but worship abides forever. Worship, therefore, is the fuel and the goal of missions. It is the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white hot enjoyment of God's glory. We do missions not simply so people can get out of hell. We do mission simply, not so that we can check a box. We don't do mission simply because we have been commanded to do it. We don't do mission simply to hasten the coming of the Lord. We do missions so that all the peoples of the Earth will praise the Lord, that God will get the praise and the adoration and the Exaltation that he deserves. And, knowing that God is in himself good, we know that the praise of the Lord is not only what God deserves and what God desires, but it is what is the best for us and the nations. And so we go so the people will praise the Lord, people will bring praise to God. I don't think it is also a accident, by God's Providence, that this is the last Psalm in the Book of Psalms and there's an echo here, there's a prophetic echo here to the last book in the Bible, revelations, Chapter Seven. Listen to this. After this, I looked and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands and crying out with a loud voice salvation will longs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the lamb. In that scripture you see this picture of everything that has breath praising the Lord, people brought together from every tribe, every tongue, every nation, every ethnicity, across all of time, all of God's people together praising and exalting God. And they're not only praising in exalting God, they also are praising and exalting the lamb who is slain. You See, I look at Psalm one fifty and I look at my worshiping and praising life and I find myself wanting I don't praise like this, I just don't. I need rescued...

...from my inadequacies and praise. And that is why they are praising the lamb. Because, you see, Jesus Christ has come and he has lived perfectly in every aspect, including the way he praised the Lord. He always praised the Lord like this perfectly, and everything that he did, mind, body, so everything, he praised the Lord perfectly and he went to the cross that he died for your sin, if you're trusting in him this morning. He's died for sinners, for the ways that they have not praised well, the way that they have praised other things above him. He died for that. He paid for that penalty and he walked out of the grave victorious over that. Sold by faith in him. My sins of praising him wrongly are forgiven for my idolatry and for thinking wrongly about him. That is forgiven in Christ, and now he has filled me with his spirit. He has filled you with his spirit if you're believing in him, and he can cause you to praise like this, because this is the way Jesus has praised and he can cause you today, tomorrow and when we finally stand before the throne, when Christ returns. He can cause us all, by his gracious spirit, to praise like this, to praise him everywhere, to praise him in all things, to praise him for everything that he is, to praise him with everything that we have and all breath, to praise the Lord. He can cause us all all to to join in with the saints of old to say blessing and glory and wisdom and Thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to God forever and ever. Amen, Hollelujah, praise the Lord. Let's pray God this morning we confess we don't praise you the way we should. We also confess this morning, we believe this morning that you have praised perfectly in our place, that you are the one who has done exactly what needs to be done for us, and that all of our lack luster praise is taken away in Christ and we we praise you this morning, God, that you have not only forgiven us, but that you are filling us and you are helping us to be better worshippers of you. So, this morning, forgive us where we have praised you wrongly, but fill US and help us to praise you with all of our might. Let us ring out with these words in our daily lives that we would praise you everywhere we are, then we would praise you in all things for your greatness and for who you are, for what you've done, and we would praise you with every ounce of our being, and that we would never cease to praise you, and we would encourage others around us to praise the Lord as we wait for the day when we will gather around your folk, thrown and finally fully, for eternity, spend our existence praising the Lord. We thank you, God and we lay all this at your feet and mold us into the worshippers we need to be. We asked this in the strong name of Christ. Amen.

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