What an array of musical instruments our symphony orchestras have today! What rich music they are able to produce compared with the instruments the psalmist mentions in Psalm 150:3-5! There, concerning God, he writes, “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and or-gans. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals; praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. ”
How emphatic then is the exhortation in verse 2, to praise Him for His mighty acts and excellent greatness! The piercing sound of the trumpet, the softer music of the timbrel, harp, stringed instruments, and organs, and the em-phatic accentuation by the cymbals must all be used to sound His praises. And to make it very emphatic the psalmist adds in the next verse, “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.”
That personal note brings this call to praise God to you and me. Do not look at your neighbor and tell him to praise God. With emphasis say that to yourself. Never mind if you have no talent to play these instruments. Do not excuse yourself because you were not born with a beautiful singing voice. Yea, even if you were born as a monotone, this word comes to you. It is the content of your singing and the words that are accompanied by those instruments that counts.
Fittingly the versification of these words declares:
All that breathe, Jehovah praise;
Let the voices God has given
Joyful anthems to Him raise.
Did you notice how this includes you? These instru-ments enrich the music, but praising God means extolling Him for His virtues, and that must be in the minds of those who accompany with musical instruments. Music and musical instruments were designed by God; and we can praise Him for His wisdom, His mighty acts and excellent greatness that gives these to us. But they must be used to praise Him as our God and Savior in Christ. Fill your day then with praise to Him for His love and works of love to those whom He chose in Christ and saved by His blood.
Read: Psalm 81
Psalter versification: 409:5
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.