Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
This is the last of the five Hallelujah psalms which conclude the Book of Psalms. Each of these last five psalms begins and ends with Praise the Lord, in Hebrew hallelu yah.
This Psalm is the climax of praise in the Book of Psalms. The psalmist calls us to praise God for his acts of power and for his surpassing greatness (vs. 2). He calls everything that has breath to praise God (vs. 6). Can you imagine the whole earth praising God? Can you imagine every knee bowing before Him and every tongue confessing Him (Isaiah 45:23)?
This dream will soon be a reality when on the new earth we join in the most climactic Hallelujah chorus of them all: “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing (Revelation 5: 11-12).