Reading: Psalm 148
Verses 1 and 7: “Praise the Lord from the heavens… Praise the Lord from the earth”.
Psalm 148 is a pretty all-inclusive list for doing one thing: praising the Lord.The Psalm begins and ends with these words. Everything in between is a call to do just that: praise the Lord! The psalmist begins with the angels, then includes all of creation, including all of humanity. Since God created every living (and non-living) thing, they all should praise the Lord. But I think the psalmist is looking for more than an hour on Sunday morning or Saturday evening. The Psalm is calling for much more.
So then, what does it look like for us to praise the Lord on a more consistent, more regular basis? Prayer and the study of the Word are certainly ways that we can praise the Lord. Even when we add these two disciplines to worship, I think we are falling short of what the psalmist has in mind. It seems that the psalmist is calling for all of our time to be a praise to the Lord. How then do we do this? By striving for all we do, say, think, and pray for to be things that bring glory and honor to God. In the way we conduct ourselves, in the ways we treat one another, in the ways we offer our time, talents, and resources… Our very being and our whole life can be praise to the Lord.
Within us we carry the hope, joy, love, and peace of the Lord. In all we do, say, and are this day, may this be what people see as we live each day as a praise to the Lord.