Praise God in His sanctuary;
praise Him in His mighty heavens.
2Praise Him for His acts of power;
praise Him for His surpassing greatness.
3Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise Him with the harp and lyre,
4praise Him with timbrel and dancing,
praise Him with the strings and pipe,
5praise Him with the clash of cymbals,
praise Him with resounding cymbals.
6Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
This is a suitable doxology for the whole book, reciting the "place, theme, mode, and extent of God's high praise." We are here stirred up to praise God. Praise God for His sanctuary, and the privileges we enjoy by having it among us; praise Him because of His power and glory in the firmament. Those who praise the Lord in heaven, behold displays of His power and glory which we cannot now conceive.
But the greatest of all His mighty acts is known in His earthly sanctuary. The holiness and the love of our God are more displayed in man's redemption in Christ Jesus, than in all His other works.
Let us praise our God and Savior Jesus Christ for it. We need not care to know what instruments of music are mentioned. Hereby is meant that in serving God we should spare no cost or pains. Praise God with strong faith; praise him with holy love and delight; praise Him with entire confidence in Christ; praise Him with believing triumph over the powers of darkness; praise Him by universal respect to all His commands; praise Him by cheerful submission to all His disposals; praise Him by rejoicing in His love, and comforting ourselves in His goodness; praise Him by promoting the interests of the Kingdom of His grace; praise Him by lively hope and expectation of the Kingdom of His glory.
While we have breath let us praise the Lord; then we shall breathe our last with comfort. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Such is the very suitable end of a book inspired by the Spirit of God, written for the work of praise; a book which has supplied the songs of the church for more than three thousand years; a book which is quoted more frequently than any other by Christ and His apostles; a book which presents the loftiest ideas of God and His government, which is fitted to every state of human life, which sets forth every state of religious experience, and which bears simple and clear marks of its Divine origin.