Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!”
—Psalm 150 (NASB)
Whenever possible I try to admit both publicly and to myself the prejudices I bring to the table. We all have certain experiences or cultural upbringings which have the potential to make us less than objective on certain issues. Without boring everyone with too much detail, I have at times been close enough to personally observe the inner workings and development of so-called “Contemporary Christian” music. And at the end of the day, I am just sick to death of the repeated use of this psalm by those attempting to justify the effort to make “quality Christian music”. This psalm has nothing to do with music; it has everything to do with praise.