Psalms–The Final Hallelujahs
The word praise is used thirteen times in these fourteen verses. The psalm begins in the highest heavens and ends with the little nation of Israel. If any psalm reveals the glory and grandeur of the worship of the Lord, it is this one, for it is cosmic in its dimensions and yet very personal in its intentions. How anyone could trivialize the privilege and responsibility of worship after pondering this psalm is difficult to understand.
I’m taken back in my lifetime to leading little children in the chorus, “Praise Him, Praise Him
All you little children
God is love, God is love!”
I think of another chorus I sang as a child…
“Praise him, praise him.
Praise him in the morning,
Praise him in the noontime.
Praise him, praise him,
Praise him when the sun goes down.”
Psalm 148, The Message
Praise God from heaven,
praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven,
praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God—
he spoke the word, and there they were!
6 He set them in place
from all time to eternity;
He gave his orders,
and that’s it!
7-12 Praise God from earth,
you sea dragons, you fathomless ocean deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and ice,
hurricanes obeying his orders;
Mountains and all hills,
apple orchards and cedar forests;
Wild beasts and herds of cattle,
snakes, and birds in flight;
Earth’s kings and all races,
leaders and important people,
Robust men and women in their prime,
and yes, graybeards and little children.
13-14 Let them praise the name of God—
it’s the only Name worth praising.
His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky;
he’s built a monument—his very own people!
Praise from all who love God!
Israel’s children, intimate friends of God.
I knew as a child that we were to praise God for all things good all the time, no matter what, because that’s how I was taught to think of God. It’s crazy, I know, to think that God is always at work, God is with each of us all through the day, but that is how intimate God-relationships work! How childish, some of you might say. No, my faith might be deemed childlike, as Jesus taught us, but not childISH. There is a difference.
I praise God, for His Name is the ONLY Name worth praising. “His radiance exceeds anything in earth and sky”. And get this, the psalmist writes, “He’s built a monument–his very own people!” We, who believe with childLIKE faith, are intimate friends of God Himself. He loves us dearly. So, we must live so others see a glimpse of Him and His glory in us. Live to praise God in the morning, at noon and even when the sun goes down.
In Jesus Name, Amen