December 27

Psalm 148

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!” vss. 1, 7-8

The psalmist is so in love with God and the wonders of creation that he offers a song of praise and thanksgiving that encompasses all of existence. And more than that, he insists that everything in the heavens and on the earth will be more than eager to join in the hymn. And he’s right! We do live in a spectacular universe and its beauty deserves our attention and admiration. Who could even imagine a finer place to live out our days! The endless variety of plants and animals! The amazing sequence of the seasons, each with its particular glory and delight! The stars and planets of the night, the comforting dawns and fiery sunsets! In every moment of every day we are bound to give thanks for the grace of existence and the privilege of being alive. How sad it is when the routines and burdens of our lives make us blind to the glories all around! As this year comes to a close and the calendar gives us pause to reflect perhaps we can find time to join the psalmist in his paean of thanksgiving to the Lord. As Herbert Brokering so wonderfully wrote, “Earth and all stars! Loud rushing planets! Sing to the Lord a new song!…I too will praise him with a new song!”

Thought for the Day: What’s filling my heart with praise today?

 

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