Bishop Mettaous


This is one of the most wonderful Psalms of Praise, filling the whole earth with praises to God, where the word ‘Praise’ is repeated 10 times, to Him Who Sacrificed Himself for our sake.

The church also chants this Psalm during the Holy

Communion all year round, in all occasions, because that

is the time of rejoice and praise, exactly as what the kind

father did when his lost son came back, “But the father

said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it

on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his

feet. And bring a fatted calf here and kill it, and let us

eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive

again he was lost and is found’. And they began to be

merry.” (Luke 15:22-24) The Psalmist says, “For His

anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life;

weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the

morning.” (Ps. 30:5), in the morning during the Holy


The book of Psalms is a symbol of a Christian person’s

life: memorising God’s words day and night, gaining

forgiveness and cover for his sins, coming closer to God

to get filled with the Spring of Living Water, then

offering thanksgiving and praise to God. 􀀿 “Praise God in His Sanctuary”

This means to praise Him where He declares His Glory

and grants His Grace. We are created on God’s image,

we praise Him when we see His image in His saints, He

incarnated and became Man for our sake, He is dwelling

within us through His Holy Spirit. He gave us a share in

the Heavenly Kingdom. Thus our hearts and mouths are

pouring praise and thanksgiving to Him. St. Paul the

Apostle says, “Or do you not know that your body is the

temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have

from God, and you are not your own? For you were

bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body

and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

We praise Him in the Church, His House and the House

of Angels, because the Lord had promised us, “For

where two or three are gathered together in My name, I

am there in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20)

􀀿 Praise Him in His Mighty Firmament

Praise the Great Mighty God, Who created the

firmament, the unlimited space. Praise Him for the

accurate law followed by all the planets and stars in

harmony, “Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O

Israel; My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just

claim is passed over by my God”? (Is. 40:27) “The

heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament

shows His handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1) “For since the

creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly

seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are

without excuse.” (Rom. 1:20)

􀀿 Praise Him for His Mighty Acts

The might of God is unlimited, “Then Jacob said to

Joseph; ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the

land of Canaan and blessed me.” (Gen. 48:3) “Ah,

Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the

earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There

is nothing too hard for You.” (Jer. 32:17) “You show

loving kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of

the fathers into the bosom of their children after them –

the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of

hosts. You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for

your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of me, to

give everyone according to his ways and according to

the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 32:18-19) “But Jesus

looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is

impossible, but with God all things are possible’.”

(Matt. 19:26) “for in Him we live and move and have

our being, as also some of your own poets have said,

‘For we are also His offspring’.” (Acts 17:28)

Thus, we ought to praise and glorify Him for His Mighty

Power and Acts. Although we are weak and dust, yet

He, because of His Love and Tenderness, He accepted us

and says, “Rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my

delight was with the sons of men.” (Prov. 8:31)

􀀿 Praise Him according to His Excellent

Greatness “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His

greatness is unsearchable.” (Ps. 145:3) “For the Lord

is the great God, and the great King above all gods.”

(Ps. 95:3) “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;

His understating is infinite.” (Ps. 147:5)

The Psalmist is exceedingly amazed with the greatness

of God, “Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; who is

so great a God as our God? You are the God who does

wonders; You have declared Your strength among the

peoples.” (Ps. 77:13-14), also “For You are great, and

do wondrous things; You alone are God.” (Ps. 86:10)

So, who can give the Lord the adequate praise? He

says. “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going

down, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; in

every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a

pure offering; for My name shall be great among the

nations,’ Says the Lord of hosts.” (Mal. 1:11)

Let us praise the Lord with all our might and weak

capabilities, and He, in His Great Love, would not ask

more than our utmost struggle to offer Him praise.

“Praise him with the sound of trumpet;

Praise him with the lute and harp;

Praise him with the timbrel and dance;

Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes;

Praise him with loud cymbals;

Praise him with his sounding cymbals” (Ps.150: 3-5)

All these musical instruments were used in praising the

Lord during the morning and evening services in the Old

Testament Sanctuary. As for the New Testament, we

have been transferred from death to life, it had changed,

we sing instead the tunes depending on the beautiful

human chorus, which reveals human emotions towards

God and His Love.

The most enjoyable music in God’s Ears is that of strong

emotions consecrated for God. Let’s Praise the Lord


􀀿 Joy and sacred love.

􀀿 Strong faith.

􀀿 Total trust in Jesus Christ.

􀀿 Repentance and reconciliation.

􀀿 Strong desire to have Him as our share.

􀀿 Respect and fulfilment of His commandments.

􀀿 Humbleness and thanksgiving.

􀀿 Obedience to the church our Mother.

􀀿 Hope in the heavenly kingdom.

􀀿 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

The Psalmist calls, “All in whose nostrils was the breath

of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.”

(Gen. 7:22) to praise the Lord, each according to his

abilities and way. St. John heard, “And every creature

which is in heaven and on the earth and under the

earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in

them, I heard saying ‘Blessing and honour and glory

and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the

Lamb, forever and ever!’” (Rev. 5:13) Let our praise be with every breath we breathe, repeating

with the Saturday Psaly: [with every breath which I

breathe I praise Your Holy Name, from morning till

night daily I praise Your Holy Name. We are never tired

or bored of Your praise, as long as we are alive we praise

You, as long as we exist we glorify You].

“Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the

Holy Spirit, Now and forevermore. Amen”

“Glory be to our God. Alleluia”

This verse is repeated once in Coptic and once in Greek

for assurance.

The last verse said in Coptic has a long wonderful tune.

􀀿 In the month of Kiahk, there is a well-known

response after each quarter of this Psalm: [It is

adequate to praise and glorify our God. Praise the

Lord our God for the Psalm is good]

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