Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Grab your Bible if you’re able.
Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Now, settle in for a few minutes and read Psalm 148.
Did you do it?
OK…now read it over again and really let it soak into your heart.
Here it is in case you don’t happen to have your Bible nearby:
Psalm 148 (NLT Translation)
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women, old men and children.
Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!
When I read passages of Scripture such as this, I try to watch for repeating words or phrases. Often times that is a good indicator of importance. Perhaps God is trying to make a point by repeating himself – similar to that of a parent or teacher attempting to communicate something of great value.
I noticed a key word in this passage. It’s the word “all.”
All the angels, armies of heaven, twinkling stars.
All created things, trees, animals and people.
Let ALL people praise the Lord.
Does that include you today? Are you praising the Lord, regardless of your situation? I encourage you to take a few moments right now to express gratitude to the Lord. Thank and praise him for who He is and what He has done in your life.