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!
Psalm 150 ESV
Our praise for the Lord is to be “according to his excellent greatness.” If that’s the case, then I would say our praise does not measure up to Psalm 150. In conservative circles our praise appears as a bland, sedate and slightly worn out song that does not capture or depict the true love of our hearts. In many of the Charismatic circles, there’s a lot of noise and energy, however, it is all too superficial, too shallow to effect any real change in the lives of the worshippers.
Psalm 150, though a simple and straightforward conclusion to the book of Psalms, powerfully prescribes what our praise is to look like. We are to praise God everywhere for His greatness and all that He has done. We are to enlist everyone and everything possible to accomplish this. We are to pull out all the stops, in other words, going back to the pipe organ playing days, we are to pull out all the handles so that the organ will sound the loudest and most colorful. And keeping in mind every other psalm that preceded Psalm 150, the praise of our lives is to match the praise of our lips. As Jonathan Edwards wrote in two different sections of Religious Affections:
“From a vigorous, affectionate, and fervent love to God will necessarily arise other religious affections; hence will arise an intense hatred and abhorrence of sin, and a dread of God’s displeasure, gratitude to God for his grief when He is absent, and a joyful hope when a future enjoyment of God is expected and fervent zeal for the glory of God.”
"Love is an affection, but will any Christian say, men ought not to love God and Jesus Christ in high degree? And will any say, we ought not to have a very great hatred of sin, and very deep sorrow for it? Or that we ought not exercise a high degree of gratitude to God for the mercies we receive of Him, and the great things He has done for the salvation of fallen men? Or that we should not have very great and strong desires after God and holiness? Is there any who will profess that his affections in religion are great enough, and will say, 'I have no cause to be humbled, that I am no more affected with the great things of religions than I am; I have no reason to be ashamed, that I have no greater exercise of love to God and sorrow for sin, and gratitude for the mercies which I have received?'"