An appropriate final
(final blessing) for the whole book of psalms.
| 1 ¶ Praise ye the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his
mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
1 - In his sanctuary The sanctuary system
is a beautiful picture in symbols of God's goodness in offering us salvation.
| 3 Praise him with the
sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the
timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
| 4 -
This art form has been perverted in society in leading to adultery in thought
and act. The distorted movements known in the rock culture would overpower
the emotions in church. Although now leading into temptation, I expect
we will dance in heaven.
| 6 Let every thing that
hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
is the end of the collection of psalms
Bible does not say what instruments may be played in church. Some have
taught that only the voice should be used or maybe voice and organ. In
any case it's not biblical.
We do have a big problem with music. It is the language of the emotions.
It can invoke peacefulness, courage, reverence, awe, sorrow, and so on.
Or it can cause nervousness, irresponsibility, and possibly hypnosis. Sadly
the sounds popular in the world also become popular in the church. Attaching
good words does not sanctify the music. The heavy beat and syncopation
are influenced by Satan to anesthetize (put to sleep) the quiet voice of
the Holy Spirit or to overload the nervous system so His voice is blocked.
So it's not what instruments we play, it's how we play them. When Aaron
submitted to the Israelites on the way to Canaan by making a calf of gold
for their worship, music was involved. ex3218.
Also see on
and on is0511,
Music can be addictive and a satanic trap. David organized musicians 1ch2305.
And see on Psalm 150 above.
Literary form is seen often in the Bible. Click for the psalms home page
above. The asterisks indicate psalms for which literary form is noted.
Many are arranged for choral reading. The Song of Solomon is in a detailed
chiastic pattern song.
only add the emphasis on the importance of peaceful sounds. Reverence is
essential in worship. “The Lord is in His holy temple.” The old hymns that
have stood the test of the ages are still great. When the voodoo aspect
enters, reverence is gone and the mind is drawn away from the holy transcendent
God. It is easy to believe that young people need the more chaotic
“music.” I’m not young but do remember good church music from the time
of my youth. Such music does not have to be mournful and slow although
there is a place for that.
Some worry that certain
old music is not good because of its original use. Such music doesn’t bother
me. Our pioneers took the old tunes and gave them new words. If these tunes
made me lose their meaning, that is different.
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Bible see the the home page for this commentary. http://www.bibleexplained.com.