1 Praise the Lord.[a]
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.
If I freely gave you a large vat of water, and you took that vat of water to your backyard, making a pond where you were able to stock it with all types of fish that kept you alive and well fed. Then one day I came to your neighborhood and said, “Everyone that is able, bring me a fish.” Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to bring me a basket full of fish? You wouldn’t bring me a loaf of bread, or a piece of fruit, and not also bring me a fish. The fish is special…distinguished from the other foods. The fish I am asking for exists because of the water that I gave to you.
When it comes to our praise, a hand clap, a nodding of the head, or a honest and pure thought are beautiful, but not connected to the breath. Psalm 150:6 says let everything that has breath praise the Lord. I pray as we gather together in worship moments and someone says PRAISE THE LORD, that we rise and give back to the Lord from the breath He gave to us, distinguished from lifeless instruments tuning up to ring out praises to our God.
Listen to this amazing song about the breath given to us by All Song and Daughters, “Great Are You Lord”.