“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.” –Psalm 150:1
Psalm 150 begins with a call to worship. Verse one states, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power” (Psalm 150:1).
Notice the preposition “in.” The psalmist uses it twice. We are to praise the Lord “in” the sanctuary and “in” the firmament of His power. This suggests a region, a place, a particular location.
The word “sanctuary” not only refers to the holy temple, but to the Holy of Holies where the presence of God abides. Only the high priest could gain access into that sacred region, and he could only do so with sacrificial blood. Therefore, when the psalmist records the statement, “Praise God in his sanctuary” he has atonement in his heart. New Testament believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit, we have the abiding presence of Jehovah living on the inside of us. Praise to His name in our “inner sanctuary” is made possible by the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb. In this, we have a region of praise!
Not only do we praise Him “in” the sanctuary, but also “in” the firmament of his power. This is literally the heavens above. Therefore, every place under the canopy of Glory is legitimate ground for praise. We have a region of praise, and it is everywhere!
Daily Reading: Jeremiah 4-5
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