Praise All Around

Text: Psalm 148

Reflection and Question: This poem of praise covers every possible aspect of creation from the angels in heaven to “sea monsters and all deeps.” It reflects the understanding of God as the almighty creator of all, from the shining stars to the movements of the weather to all human beings. Every nation and people is to praise God even as Israel is singled out as the people “who are close to God.” We often equate praise and thanksgiving in our prayers, but this psalm sticks to one theme only: adoration and praise. What inspires you heart to lift up unadulterated praise to God?

Prayer: Young men and maidens together, oldsters and children!
Let them praise the name of the Lord, whose name alone is exalted.
God has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful ones!
Praise the Lord!

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).