Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
Psalm 148:13, NLT*
The final pages of the Book of Psalms resound with calls to praise – for what God does and for who He is.
From the most powerful people to the least, praise the Lord!
But the praise doesn’t stop there. Psalm 148 calls praise from the armies of heaven and small, scurrying animals; from created things, wind and weather.
It’s a symphony of praise, with each aspect of creation adding its own part. Those who can sing, speak or make noise contribute audibly. The trees and mountains may do their parts simply by existing.
Imagine what this would sound and look like in the heavenly realms: everything reflecting praise and glory to God our Creator and Sustainer.
Psalm 147 says it’s good, delightful, fitting to sing praises to God. It brings perspective (as we remind ourselves of His power and His care) and contentment (we are safe in His hands). It’s what we were made for.
J.I. Packer challenges us “to realize how unlimited are [God’s] wisdom, and His presence, and His power.” (Knowing God, trade paperback edition p. 86) The better we know God, the more we’ll overflow with praise to Him.
Our God, teach us to live so that every action and word reflects our confidence in You—our reliance on You and our praise of who You are. Thank You for giving us a part in the symphony of Your praise.
Here’s a contemporary song of praise: ‘Forever Reign‘ from the Newsboys.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Thanks, Janet. This really encouraged me this morning and reminded me that I need to praise. I have long had a vision of people lined up on the streets, praising Jesus, and your description of all nature praising him, filled my heart with wonder and joy!
Ruth, your vision sounds like a wonderful picture of Heaven! Although a bunch of us praising on earth is good too!
“a symphony of praise” How great is that! Read in I Chron. 16:32,33 “let the fields rejoice… then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord” – a chorus beyond what we can imagine!