Psalm 150: Everything that has Breath, Praise the Lord

Reposted from Pr. Stout:

(6 verses, :27 to read)


What I am about to READ 

  • A Psalm of praise that answers these questions about praise, “Where? Why? How?  & Who?”


  • 1-2: Call to praise the Lord with 4 specific qualifications: Praise Him in 1.) His sanctuary, 2) In His mighty heaven.  Praise Him for 3.) His mighty deeds, 4.) And His excellent greatness.
  • 3-5: Praise God with instruments.
  • 6: Everything that has breath, praise the Lord


  • vs. 6, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”  This is certainly a call for all creation to praise the Lord, but there are specific points that this phrase makes.  God deserves praise from everything that has breath for giving them a gift they couldn’t have given themselves: breath!  This phrase preaches the creation account.  God created everything that has the breath of life by His very speaking – and how can one speak without breath?  It further emphasizes that, though everything that has breath because of God, His Word specifies only one part of His creation that He breathed into: Genesis 2, “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”  Thus, this Psalm gives us a picture of God breathing into us and us breathing out prayer and praises.
  • vs. 2, “mighty deeds” would seem to be a reference to the redemption Israel experienced.  It’s a word that is used to summarize God’s defeat of His and Israel’s enemies and the giving of that victory to Israel.
  • vs. 2, “sanctuary” – this is the location where God dwelt to give the gifts of peace with Himself, forgiveness, and the confidence to give gifts and prayers that are pleasing aromas to God.  All these would find their source and center in the sacrifice of Jesus.   God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself (2 Cor. 5:19)


  • Our dear Jesus, true God and true Man, breathed a final breath (Mark 15:37).  It was a final breath because He indeed had no breath in Him, for He truly died.  He took His breath back from death 3 days later, however, and used the breath to breathe into His disciples His life-giving breath and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  God not only gives us breath for this life, but also will give us breath in the life to come.  Through His Word, He also breathes into us His Holy Spirit. He breathes in and prayer and praises come forth.  Or, as our NT reading puts it: Colossians 3: ” 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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