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Psalm 148

Psalm 148 continues the journey on learning the basics of praising God.  It begins with the command: “Praise the Lord”.  Maybe command is not the right word – it really is an expectation. It is a way of living.  It is waking up each morning with the reality that God is, was, and has been there forever.  He didn’t just swoop in this morning to bless us.  He is the blessing and has been there from the beginning.  In fact, He is the beginning, the journey, and the end.   We are told that He is worthy of praise no matter our place.  “Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights”!  God is above all, literally, and worthy of our praise.

The psalmist goes on to let us know who should praise Him.  In a word – the answer is everyone.  Every being, every thing, every part of creation.  God deserves praise from all.  But the psalmist takes the time to list it out so it is more than obvious.  So here is the list:

  • all his angels
  • all his hosts
  • sun and moon
  • all you shining stars
  • you highest heavens
  • you waters above the heavens
  • you great sea creatures
  • all deeps
  • fire and hail
  • snow and mist
  • stormy wind fulfilling his word
  • Mountains and all hills
  • fruit trees
  • all cedars
  • Beasts and all livestock
  • creeping things and flying birds
  • Kings of the earth
  • all peoples
  • princes
  • all rulers of the earth
  • Young men and maidens together
  • old men
  • children

What a list.  Let’s list the exemptions:

Now that is a very short list.  There are none.  All of us, every part of creation, everything that has been, is, or will be is to praise the Lord.  The writer tells us why we should praise God.  “For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away”.  God was, and is, and will always be.  That is the short answer.  He is the author of creation, the giver of life, and the director of eternity.  God is.  And our response should be one thing – PRAISE.  Is that how you typically start your day with God?  By praising Him?  Or do you begin with a laundry list of things you need help with or need His touch upon?  We need to put God where He belongs – on the top of our praise list.

I encourage you to hear what the psalmist tells us as the way we should live.  “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven….Praise the Lord”!  So what’s that look like?  It isn’t some formal kind of activity.  It isn’t some book you have to read.  It is realizing that God sits on the throne of your life, and the entire universe.  It is giving Him the focus and honor that He deserves.  It is recognizing throughout the day that every good and perfect gift comes from Him.  It is slowing down and giving credit where it is due.  God wants to be the center of our universe.  Let me restate that.  God is the center of our universe.  He wants us to recognize that.  He wants to be given the honor and glory and praise worthy of His place as King.  Praise the Lord.  That is our task! 

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