1. 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 tambourine and dancing, praise him with strings and flute, 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.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
The psalmist here gives insights into musical instruments used in the ancient Jewish temple and tabernacle. By singing or by playing an instrument, musical praise involves a persons entire soul, both mind and emotions. When praising the Divine Spirit, worldly worries are crowded out. These many instruments, especially the harp, lyre, and other strings, require tuning. Any praise, singing, playing music, or writing poetry, serves to “tune” the believer to his or her God.
Great Lady I exalt you, I rejoice in your goodwill and your provision! Great King I praise you, raising heart and voice; May I go forth in your devotion!