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The 150 biblical psalms go out with a bang. The fireworks of doxology grow loudest just before we fold up our lawn chairs and head for our cars. The penultimate psalm urges the faithful to populate Israel’s public spaces with the kinds of shouting, dancing, and musical bombast that invigorate a people and cause YHWH to gaze upon his own with a satisfied smile:

Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the godly!
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149: 14-4 ESV)

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