Wednesday of Easter V – Psalm 150

1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Did you greet one another at church last Sunday with an alleluia after “He is risen.”? Did you sing it at least once? That word, “Alleluia” or, as it is written in Hebrew, “Hallelujah,” is the theme of this psalm. Hallelujah means “praise the LORD!” Because it is here in this the final psalm, that phrase is also the punchline of the whole book of psalms. Ancient authors and editors often arranged their books with thoughtful intent and symmetry, putting the most important words in the last part of their book. This is the very last psalm. Knowing the psalmists’ penchant for symmetry, it should be read with the first psalm. In that first psalm we learn that the blessed man does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, stand with the sinners, or sit with the scoffers. He delights in the Torah of God.

You might see the rest of the psalter as the human and divine struggle to get us to be that kind of wise person, but this final psalm tells us where we are headed, the final goal of that wisdom. The psalmist sees a whole world which is oriented toward God, breathing, singing, making all music in his praise.  God in his sanctuary, fills the heavens and occupies our entire horizon. We see his mighty deeds and excellent greatness.

Chances are you are somewhere in between psalm 1 and 150 today, not quite in that spot which psalm 150 envisions. Are you struggling with the wicked words of others as David struggled in psalm 52? Are you afraid like David as he hid in the cave in psalm 57? Perhaps, it is your own sin which lays heavily on your heard as it burdened David in psalm 51. Do you pass through a dark valley and, thus, do you lean on the care of your shepherd as in psalm 23? Perhaps you are marveling at the strange kingdom of God who has turned things upside down as in psalm 118?

Today know where that shepherd leads and what lies on the other side of that wisdom which meditates on the Torah in this strange life we live. Psalm 150 gives us a little glimpse of a life which simply delights in the resurrected Jesus and has no other worries. God give you a taste of that today.

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