May 18

Psalm 148

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Young men and women alike, old and young together!” vss. 7-8, 10, 12 

The psalmist understood that all things have their origin in the Great Mystery, Almighty God, the Creator of the Universe, and that humans are a part of the web of existence. He also knew how spectacular it is to be alive in such a setting and believed that daily praise is the most natural response for all that exists. There’s plenty of room for such exuberance even in these days of climate change and global warming anxiety. No matter how much we abuse our environment we can’t even come close to destroying the essence of its beauty and its remarkable ability to survive everything we throw at it. We who are blessed to inhabit this earth are duty bound to thank God with every breath we take for the incredible privilege that is ours. The birds have it figured out pretty well. Every morning, with the break of dawn, they sing their little hearts out for no other reason than to praise God for the wonder of another day. Their chorus is a reminder for the human sluggards, struggling to get out of bed, that life is good, that it’s very good, and deserves our daily psalms of praise and thanksgiving.

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