Songs of Summer (Psalms 150 & 47)


A Psalm [Greek, psalmos] describes lyrical pieces to be sung to a musical instrument. The book of Psalms [Hebrew, Tehillim, “praises”] is a collection of songs written mostly by David (Cf. Psalms 2-9; 11-32; 34-41; 51-65; 68-70; 86; 95; 101-103; 108-110; 122; 124; 131; 133; 138-145).

Other writers include Moses (Cf. Psalm 90), Solomon (Cf. 72; 127) Heman the Ezrahite (Cf. Psalm 88), Ethan the Ezrahite (Cf. Psalm 89), Asaph (Cf. Psalms 50; 73-83), the sons of Korah (Cf. Psalms 42-49; 84-85; 87-88), and several other authors who are anonymous.

Although many of the psalms are cries for help, laments over Israel, or questions about God’s plan; the major theme in all of them is worship.

Psalm 150 1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! 3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute [It resembled a guitar but with a longer and more slender neck] and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Psalm 47 1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 5 God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!

Colossians 3:15-17 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ephesians 5:18-21 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Cf. Hebrews 10:25

Corporate worship demonstrates our mission to connect people to God, the church, and the world. It glorifies God, encourages other believers, draws the non-believer.

Examples:

• Jesus did it – Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. • Paul did it – 1 Corinthians 14:26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. • James did it – James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Matthew 26:26-28 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

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