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Encountering God Bible Study Chapter 11

Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am writing from the last chapter of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit. It covers Psalm 150.

Psalm 150 – Hallelujah!

The book of Psalms begins with a promise, “Blessed is…” (1:1), and ends with a praise, “Praise ye the Lord” (150:6). In between the first and last psalms, we learn about the life that encounters God. What does one say at the end of a life that has known God and walked with him? Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150 is a climactic conclusion to a collection of five praise Psalms (146-150) where everyone and everything are to praise God everywhere. This psalm speaks of the ultimate end of a life that has encountered God. This final psalm presents the basic questions and sets forth the biblical pattern of praise.

What Does it Mean to Praise God?

“Praise the Lord!”
Psalms 150:1a

The Hebrew word for praise is hallelujah. Hallel meansĀ to praise; Jah is the shortened form of the word for the Lord. Praising God is the ultimate purpose of our existence.

Where Do We Praise God?

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!”
Psalms 150:1

Where do we praise God? Everywhere! If there is no space that does not declare God’s glory, there is no place where His image bearers should not proclaim His praise.

Why Do We Praise God?

“Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!”
Psalms 150:2

We are to praise God for what He does. He displays His strength and saving might. For example, Daniel praised God because he understood that his ability to interpret king Nebuchadnezzar’s secret dream was due to God’s wisdom and might (Dan. 2:20).

God’s mighty acts are revealed especially when He rescues and delivers His own people through prayer.

We are also able to praise God for Who He is. Excellent refers to abundance. Greatness speaks of the magnitude and majesty of God’s glorious attributes like faithfulness, mercy, grace, love, righteousness, holiness, justice, and wisdom.

”O Lord God , you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?”
Deuteronomy 3:24

How Do We Praise God?

“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!” Psalms 150:3-5

These verses describe the various musical instruments used in the temeple worship by the Levitical priests. The meaning of the word psalm refers to a song of praise accompanied by a stringed instrument like a harp. Psalms are songs to praise God along with a musical instrument.

Who is to Praise God?

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Psalms 150:6

God is to be praised everywhere we are, because of everything He is and with everything we have by everyone and everything.

We finish where we started. A happy man (Psalm 1) is one who meditates on God’s Word and follows God’s way. Throughout his life he encounters God through his experiences and grows in the knowledge of God. His days should be filled with praise and should end with a hallelujah.

Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. I hope you enjoyed going through this devotional with me. One last time, if you want a copy of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms, you can buy it on Amazon here. Also, be sure to go back and read my blog post on chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

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