Praising God can be done from many different places and in many different ways. Listen to this song of praise from the hills of Judea in the Holy Land!
Praising God in Judaism
In Judaism, the Jewish people are given many opportunities to praise God. These opportunities are built in to the daily routine of a Jew. The entire beginning part of the morning prayer is all about praising and singing to God. It is called “P’sukei d’zimra” which means verses of praise or song. It is such a beautiful thing that we have the opportunity to connect with God in such a deep way. Aside from our own praise and prayers that we can give to God throughout the day, there is a set text that can help us formulate what our soul is saying.
Psalm 150 is the last of the Psalms in the Book of Psalms. It is a song praising God, specifically with instruments. This Psalm is recited everyday as part of the morning prayers in P’sukei d’zimra.
The words in English are as follows: (Translation courtesy of Chabad.org)
Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His might. Praise Him with His mighty deeds, praise Him as befits His superb greatness. Say Praise to Him with a shofar blast, praise Him with psaltery and lyre. Praise Him with timbres and dance, praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. Praise Him with resounding cymbals, praise Him with resonant cymbals. Let every soul praise God. Hallelujah!
Singing to God in the Hills of Judea
What is so amazing about singing this Psalm in the Hills of Judea is the fact that King David actually wrote the Psalm thousands of years ago in the place where Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel is singing it now! History comes to life in the Land of Israel.