1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹I will praise him for his acts of power and for his surpassing greatness.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I repent of not praising God often enough, or loud enough.
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹With some help from the Holy Spirit I will seek to Praise God more consistently and not be silent.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide.
Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
AN ETERNITY OF PRAISE. The psalms are, in the end, a miniature of life. Every possible experience, if prayed to the God who is really there, is destined to end in praise. Confession leads to the joy of forgiveness. Laments lead to a deeper resting in him for our happiness. If we could praise God perfectly, we would love him completely and then our joy would be full. The new heavens and new earth are perfect because everyone and everything is glorifying God fully and therefore enjoying him forever. So Psalm 150 gives us a glimpse of that unimaginable future. So praise him everywhere (verse 1) for everything (verse 2) in every way (verses 3–5). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (verse 6).
Prayer: Lord, you have given so much to me. Give me one thing more—a heart for praising you. “Not thankful, when it pleaseth me; as if thy blessings had spare days: But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy praise”… Holy Spirit teach me, and prompt me to praise God, everywhere, [#Immanuel – God with us] for everything, in every way. Yes, teach me to praise God in every way and not be silent.