The classic reporting facts of who, what, where, when, why, and how are all presented in the summation of the Book of Psalms.
What (the subject)~Praise the Lord!
[This is the introduction of the subject of this last song of the book.]
Where~Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
[In other words, praise Him everywhere you go!]
Why~Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
[Praise Him for both His actions and His character.]
How~Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
[Praise Him a wide variety of audible and public ways.]
Who~Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
[The command to “praise Him” is for everyone.]
When(always)~Praise the Lord!
[The song has made it clear that we are to always praise God.]
context:In the opening chapter of the Book of Psalms the reader is presented with the contrast between Godly person and the unrighteous person. The body of the book presents life with its joys and troubles. The book concludes with this command to praise God no matter what you are facing or what circumstances you find yourself. It is interesting to note that the word “praise” occurs three times in the opening verse and twice in every other verse!
How about you? Are you always praising God everywhere at all times for all things?
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