Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
The word picture for breath is: what comes from the Life of the Name.
This is extremely interesting when you set it beside the following verse:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The word praise in Psalm 150 has three letters in Hebrew: Hey, Lamed, Lamed.
Hey has the picture akin to a first time Dad bursting out of the delivery room with his hands in the air shouting "Its a boy! Its a boy". In that act he is revealing to the wider population that he is now the father of a brand new son.
Lamed has the picture akin to the shepherds rod or staff or a king's scepter. There are many aspects to this picture, but on this occasion I want to draw your attention to the rod of Aaron.
Numbers 17:8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
I believe there is also a connection here between Elohim's words in Genesis 1:28 and Aaron's' rod.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The rod or scepter were also symbols of authority in Hebrew culture and we see this element operating in the words "subdue" and dominion" in the above Scripture.
You are a rod in the hand of Elohim (the powerful Judge or the powerful door to life).
In Hebrew culture the role of a judge was primarily to protect the people, whereas in our culture we think of judges in terms of dealing out punishment.
There is another interesting connection between the word picture for breath and the name LORD.
In Hebrew the name LORD has four letters: Yod Hey Vav Hey. If you repeat this word over and over in Hebrew you will find that it parallels the natural act of breathing!!!
Don't take my word for it, you can try it.
The word picture behind LORD is: the right hand power of revelation is the nail revealed.
With all of this in mind Psalm 150:6 can read as:
Let everything that has, what comes from the Life of the Name, be a revelation of an abundantly fruitful branch (staff) in the right hand of revelation of the nail revealed.
Does this sound to you like John 15 summed up in one verse?
I invite you to meditate on this amazing verse!!!
[[David's Psalm of praise.]] I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
The word picture here is: covenant revealed by the tongue.
One way to view the psalms of David is as guideposts along his journey towards becoming a man after God's own heart, or to put it another way, a man of the covenant.
Each guidepost revealed to David and to God exactly where he was in his journey.
So, I encourage you to verbalise your praise so you can listen and discover where you are on your journey to becoming a woman or a man after God's own heart and a man or a woman of covenant.
Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.
The picture behind the word groaned is: separated from the strength of life.
For some reason as I contemplated this word my mind kept thinking of a person who is on their deathbed. The strength of life is slowly deserting them. They are unconscious, unable to communicate yet what emanates from them is not words but deep groans.
Because this communication is nonverbal you cannot be sure who or what the groans are directed towards.
Yet, in the case of the children of Israel we know that God heard these groans and He responded by ultimately delivering them from their life crushing bondage.
If the burdens of life are weighing you down and all you feel capable of is groaning, go right ahead, God is listening and He will respond.