Reading: Psalm 148
Verses 1 and 7: “Praise the Lord from the heavens… from the earth”.
The psalmist calls for all created things to praise the Lord. He begins with the heavens -the angels, the heavenly host, the sun, moon, and stars, and the sky. All of these objects in the heavenly realm were created by God and they praise God continually through their splendor and beauty. They testify to God’s power and might. The angels and heavenly host praise God continually as they gather around the throne. Next the psalmist goes on to include all created things on the earth – living and non-living alike. The mountains, hills, and trees join the sun, moon, and stars in bringing praise to God. Coming alongside of these are all forms of life, including all types of people. In the Psalm we see the praise brought to God by all things.
In the Psalm we also gain a sense of the connected nature of all things. There is a sense that all things have value and that all things matter to one another. In this way the Psalm reminds me of Paul’s words concerning the parts of the body in 1st Corinthians 12. Each part of creation would be less if a part of it were missing. Although mankind is listed near the end of the Psalm, our role is primary in the care for creation and all of life. As the pinnacle of God’s creation, our role as steward must be taken seriously. This too is a part of our praise to God.
The Psalm closes with a focus on the singular nature of our praise. We should not praise our own accomplishments (individually or corporately) but should keep our praise focused on the creator and giver of all good things all things: God. “Praise the Lord from the heavens… from the earth”. May we join our voices with all of creation as we praise the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.