One of the things that COVID has halted is travel. In 2020, I planned to go back to Malawi, Africa, and see our friends at Kondanani Village. I am not sure when I will be able to make it back, which breaks my heart. It’s is a beautiful land with wonderful people who love to worship the Lord. When I read Psalm 150, I think of them. They embody, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Like a Spring of Water
The Book of Psalms finishes as it rightly should, declaring praises to God. The Psalmist encourages everyone that has breath praise the Lord everywhere they go and with everything they have. Your life as a believer is to be filled with praising God. Some say it is practice for what we will be doing in heaven, and while that may be true, it is not the main reason we praise the Lord. You lift up your voices to praise Him because of who He is and what He has done for you. Like spring water that gushes out of the ground, so should your praise flow out of your mouth.
The Hebrew word for praise is “Hallel.” It means to make audible noise with your mouth. While silent meditation can be a part of your worship, your praise needs to be something that is spoken. Lifting your voice to worship the Lord is a sign that you have surrendered your life to Christ and are submitted to His leadership. It doesn’t matter if you can sing or not. Praise is a sign of the work that God is doing in your heart.
Let Everything that has Breath Praise the Lord
Praise is something that you need to work on. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Doubts and insecurity can creep in and prevent people from expressing their thanks to the Lord. Just like exercise works a muscle, praise needs to be practiced. Start small but push yourself to get out of your comfort zone. Thank God for everything He has done for you. Over time you will notice that it comes more naturally.