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.