Albert Barnes summing the whole book up…

“In the review of the whole there is occasion for praise. In view of all that has been disclosed about God, about his religion, about the manifestations of his mercy and grace to his people, there is occasion for praise. After all that has been experienced, observed, and recorded in this book – all of trial, sorrow, temptation, conflict, disappointment, sickness, bereavement, persecution, war, captivity, bondage, exile, tears, pain, darkness, trouble – there is, as the result of the whole, as there will be at the end of our own troubled and chequered lives, occasion for exultation, praise, triumph – songs, rejoicings, raptures, hallelujahs.” -Albert Barnes Psalm 150

I love the psalms because they encompass the scope of all of our emotions and our lives, all the things Barnes mentions and more.  What a great God we serve that He hears us, makes a way for us, even redeems the crud in each of our lives and uses it to His praise and our good.  Praise God that He attentively listens to all of our songs, our psalms whether grateful, angry, tormented, confused, humble, or joyful.  What a King!

More Matthew Henry on Psalm 150

More from Matthew Henry….

“Be not afraid of saying too much in the praises of God, as we often do in praising even great and good men.”  -M Henry on Psalm 150

“That, various instruments being used in praising God, it should yet be done with an exact and perfect harmony; they must not hinder, but help one another. The New Testament concert, instead of this, is with one mind and one mouth to glorify God. Rom_15:6.” MH

Romans 15:6  ” That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Harmony among members of the Body—lifting up, helping….what a concept.  Why is it so difficult to achieve a deep and authentic harmony among believers–within churches, between denominations??

on praise in Heaven:

“…and there he is praised continually, in a far better manner than we can praise him. And it is a comfort to us, when we find we do it so poorly, that it is so well done there.” MH

“Some think that in every thing that has breath here we must include the inferior creatures…all in whose nostrils was the breath of life. They praise God according to their capacity. The singing of birds is a sort of praising God. The brutes do in effect say to man, “We would praise God if we could; do you do it for us.” John in vision heard a song of praise from every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, Rev_5:13.” MH

Rev 5:13  “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 honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

and more about heaven….surely I don’t think enough about what is going on in heaven.

“Let us often take a pleasure in thinking what glorified saints are doing in heaven, what those are doing whom we have been acquainted with on earth, but who have gone before us thither; and let it not only make us long to be among them, but quicken us to do this part of the will of God on earth as those do it that are in heaven.”

Psalm 150

“Praise God in his holy ones (so some read it); we must take notice of the image of God as it appears on those that are sanctified, and love them for the sake of that image; and when we praise them we must praise God in them. ”  Matthew Henry on Psalm 150:1

A good reminder where to put the focus—it is way too easy to admire a person’s ability or gifting in an area (and even to envy or covet it) instead of seeing that gift as an opportunity to recognize the real source, the Giver of the gift.