Reading through the Bible together
This is the last of the five Hallelujah psalms which conclude the Book of Psalms. Each of these last five psalms begins and ends with Praise the Lord, in Hebrew hallelu yah.
When I read this Palm and pictured the orchestra of instruments used to praise God mentioned in verses 3 - 5, I think of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus in the second part of his Messiah oratorio. This uplifting piece of music celebrates God’s ultimate victory over death and sin. It resounds with praise for our Redeemer. Although it is not the final piece in the oratorio, it could very well be a good note to end on, since the piece is so climactic.
This Psalm is the climax of praise in the Book of Psalms. The psalmist calls us to praise God for his acts of power and for his surpassing greatness (vs. 2). He calls everything that has breath to praise God (vs. 6). Can you imagine the whole earth praising God? Can you imagine every knee bowing before Him and every tongue confessing Him (Isaiah 45:23)?
This dream will soon be a reality when on the new earth we join in the most climactic Hallelujah chorus of them all: “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5: 11-13).