“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the LORD!” (Ps 150:6)
Anything alive must worship God. The psalmist calls on all living creatures to praise the Lord – both mankind and animal life. It also reminds us that worship is to happen all the time – every time we breathe (I Cor 10:31). If you’re breathing right now, you’re supposed to worship.
Making music is not the only way we worship but it certainly seems to be a primary way we praise God.
In his book Worship Matters, Bob Kauflin writes about how music equips the Christian to worship God and I want to share with you his 4 reasons why (pgs. 98-100).
- Music stirs up and expresses God-glorifying emotion. Singing is a primary form of expressing our deepest affections for God. This means that any musical praise that is half-hearted is an oxymoron – or worse – hypocritical.
- Music helps us reflect the glory and activity of the triune God. Ever meditate on the reality that God sings too? The Son sang a hymn with His disciples on the eve of His death (Matt 26:30). The Spirit inspires songs in the hearts of believers (Eph 5:18-19). The Father rejoices over those who are also singing (Zeph 3:17). The Father sings, the Son sings and the Spirit sings.
- Music helps us remember truth about God. In Deuteronomy 31:19-21, God commanded this: “Now therefore write this song and teach it to the people of Israel. Put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the people of Israel. For when I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, which I swore to give to their fathers, and they have eaten and are full and grown fat, they will turn to other gods and serve them, and despise me and break my covenant. And when many evils and troubles have come upon them, this song shall confront them as a witness (for it will live unforgotten in the mouths of their offspring). For I know what they are inclined to do even today, before I have brought them into the land that I swore to give.” Music has a way of helping us remember God and rehearse His workings.
- Music helps us express our unity in the Gospel. When you look at examples of praise in the Scripture – especially the N.T. – it is often corporate and in the context of the body of Christ.
What a fitting end to the Psalter. There is no “Greet these people”; there is no concluding remark; this psalm doesn’t end with an “Amen” or “Doxology” because worship doesn’t cease; there is never an ending. It just ends with the remind “Praise the LORD.” In other words, “Keep on singing.”