New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 150:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 6

 

Break out into dancing.

I once attended a church where a fifty-something year old man complained to elders about the worship style. “Worship should be reverential,” he claimed, thus the guitars and drums bothered him as expected. He ended up leaving the church. But anyone who takes psalm 150 seriously would realize that worship should be passionate, vibrant and energetic, in addition to reverential.

Fun need not be taken out of Christianity for the sake of reverence and holiness. Same goes for the bedroom. Conventional, “missionary position only” intimacy doesn’t make one pious. God is very pro-creativity, energy, excitement, hot and spicy, variety, hardcore, explosive erotica and deep intimacy.

ESV Study Bible notes:

Psalm 150…The list of musical instruments in 150:3-5, with its mixture of wind, strings, percussion, and rhythmic dance, gives the impression of loud song and ceaseless motion–the worshiper’s whole body offering praise to God.

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