Scripture: Psalm 148 Key verse: 148:13 “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.”
Reflection: This psalm is a hymn of praise that calls all of creation to praise the Lord. From the sun and moon in the sky to the creatures deep within the ocean, all of them praise the Lord. I hope that this summer you have opportunities to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. It might be a trip to the mountains or to the beach. It might be listening to the birds on an early morning walk, or feeling the warmth of the sun in a chair by the pool, or watching lightening bugs at twilight in the backyard.
Poet Mary Oliver wrote a poem entitled “I Happened to Be Standing” that includes these lines:
While I was thinking this I happened to be standing
just outside my door, with my notebook open,
which is the way I begin every morning.
Then a wren in the privet began to sing.
He was positively drenched in enthusiasm,
I don’t know why. And yet, why not.
I wouldn’t persuade you from whatever you believe
or whatever you don’t. That’s your business.
But I thought, of the wren’s singing, what could this be
if it isn’t a prayer?
So I just listened, my pen in the air.
Listen and look today for creation to praise the Lord.
Prayer: O God, creation shines with your glory. I praise you for the beauty and the majesty of creation, for the wonder of plants and animals, and for the moments of powerful grace when I listen and look. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].