In the old detective stories the detectives would bring a suspect in. then one of the detectives would say to another one, “Give him the third degree.” That man would then start interrogating the suspect.
The other day I heard on an old radio show where the detective was going to give someone the fourth degree. Now I am going to give the psalmist the fifth degree by asking him who, what, where, why and how:
Psalm 150 (NASB95):
What are we supposed to do?
“Praise the LORD!” (vs 1a)
Where are we supposed to do this?
“Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse.” (vs 1b)
Why should we do this?
“Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.” (vs 2)
How do we praise god?
“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.” (vs 3-5)
Who is supposed to do this?
“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. (vs 6)
You heard what he said, Join in: Praise the Lord!
by Dean W. Masters
Owner of the Master’s List.