Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD! (Psalm 150)
Normally I try not to use many exclamation marks in my writing, especially not every sentence. But Psalm 150 does. !!! It’s all about praise … praising God. And praising God does deserve exclamation marks! He is awesome! He is mighty! He is holy!
Often when I write something I will tend to add exclamation marks in various places. Then I reread my email and remove most of the exclamation marks because I don’t want to appear too eager. I’ve noticed that the writings of most people I respect are not covered with exclamation marks. So they seem distinguished, non-plussed and credible. On the other hand, writing generously peppered with exclamation marks makes the writer look a bit like a cute toddler excited about getting to eat a chocolate chip cookie.
But being before the great almighty King of the universe is no time to be trying to look composed and regal. It’s not a time to pull back our excitement and redact our exclamation marks. Our God is awesome! He is amazing! It’s time to praise Him with all our might and dance like a crazy man before Him like David did. There’s so much to praise Him for. His universe is amazing! He has done mighty miracles on earth to show us His power and grace. It’s time to praise Him with all that we have. Is there a trumpet? Blow it before Him. Are there string instruments, play with all your might to praise the Lord! How about snare drums, cymbals, djembes, sythesizers, voices, and even stomping feet? Let them all praise the Lord!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord with all their might!