Often during Shabbat morning services we sing Psalm 148, all about nature, and then move immediately to Psalm 150. I love this transition because it suggests that praising God with music is also a part of nature, and that music can grow and change like any other living thing. Psalm 150, a direct, unambiguous expression of joy and gratitude, is about music, and music brings me closer to God than any other kind of prayer. Psalm 150 reminds me of a tree, each instrument adding to and growing the melody until it finally sprouts into praises.
Text: Psalm 150
1 Hallelujah. Praise the Eternal in His holy place, praise Him in the vault of His power.
2 Praise Him for his mighty acts, praise Him as befits his abounding greatness.
3 Praise Him with the ram’s-horn blast, praise Him with the lute and the lyre.
4 Praise Him with timbrel and dance, praise Him with strings and flute.
5 Praise Him with sounding cymbals, praise Him with crashing cymbals.
6 Let all that has breath praise Yah. Hallelujah!
Translation: Robert Alter
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