July 21, 2016
READ: Psalm 150:1-6
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! (96:4).
5W1H. What’s that? Students of journalism are familiar with the “Five Ws and One H” method of fact gathering. This approach is also known as the Kipling Method, because of the poem Rudyard Kipling wrote that opens with these words:
I keep six honest serving-men;
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
At the close of the book of Psalms are five worship songs that answer the 5W1H questions. Known as Hallelujah psalms, each begins and ends with “Praise the Lord” or the Hebrew Hallelujah. Psalm 150 contains these answers to the 5W1H questions:
Where do we worship? God is to be worshipped wherever He may be found, “in his sanctuary”, both here and in heaven (v.1).
What do we praise God for? “His mighty works” (v.2). Everything that He did is worthy of our praise, for He did these things for us.
When do we praise Him? Every time He acts is an occasion for praise (v.2).
Why do we worship Him? Because of “his unequalled greatness!” (v.2). We praise God for what He does; for who He is.
Who is to praise God? Every creature, “everything that breathes” (v.6) is to worship the Creator God.
How do we worship Him? With joyous singing, accompanied by orchestral wind, stringed and percussion instruments. Even dancing makes the list! (vv.3-6).
Every line of Psalm 150 is a resounding call to praise God. He deserves the full and passionate expression of our affection and devotion. May all our worship today honour and bless our amazing, loving God!
—K. T. Sim
365-day plan: Matthew 15:32-16:12
Read Psalm 146 and apply 5W1H to this song as you worship God.
What can you praise God for today? Why is He alone worthy of our worship?