Reading: Psalm 148
Praise certainly is the main idea of Psalm 148! At the beginning is a general call to praise the Lord. The praise quickly begins in the heavens with the angels, moon, stars, and sun. Each is called to praise God for both their own creation and for their eternal place in God’s creation. Then the Psalm shifts to the earth and calls all to praise the Lord. The psalmist calls upon the elements and parts of nature that God stirs to life. Also called are all of the living creatures and all of humanity – from Kings to children to the old.
All of this leads us to see that in our daily life we should offer our praise. Our praise should be deeply rooted in our prayer life, letting God know how grateful we are for all He has blessed us with. Our praise should also shine out through our lives in such a way to bring glory to God in all we do. Just as all of creation reveals God and is called upon to bring Him praise, so should all of our lives.
The Psalm draws near its end recognizing that God alone is to be exalted. We are to worship none other than God. We are not to worship any other being or any other thing. But in a world that pushes pleasure, self-satisfaction, and individual preferences, this is tough to do. To worship Him alone takes discipline, dedication, and effort. Even with heaping amounts of these, we cannot obey on our own.
At the very end of the Psalm, it is written that the Lord has raised up a horn which is the “praise of all His saints”. This strong and mighty King is Jesus, the perfector and witness of our faith. In Him we find the example of how to live a life of praise that brings glory and praise to God alone. In Jesus we also find the strength to do what we cannot do on our own. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we find guidance, direction, correction to help us follow Jesus’ ways and teachings. May we join all of creation in praising the Lord!!