Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verse: (1) I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Reflection: Praise! Over and over again in Scripture we are called to praise God, expressing our respect and love and thanks to God with joy. Did you know that offering praise has been shown to lower your blood pressure, increase your positive emotions, and encourage your generosity and compassion? Science now shows that the call to praise evokes our best selves and strengthens our own well-being.
Today’s psalm is a hymn of praise, written as an alphabetic acrostic. Each verse begins with a successive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The psalm testifies to God’s enduring reliability. We can count on God! The psalm recognizes that God’s care is powerful and constant. The writer makes no requests and offers no complaints. The entire psalm is praise.
I challenge you to write an alphabetic acrostic of praise to God today. Or maybe you could think of an adjective to describe God for every letter in the alphabet (awesome, benevolent, courageous, dependable…). This would a great exercise to share with a friend, or with your family. Here’s a little bit of an alphabet acrostic to get your mental wheels turning:
Amazing and glorious is the power of God’s love
Bountiful are the blessings God has given
Creation reveals the majesty of the Lord…
Creatures are made to praise their Creator. May your day be full of praise and thanksgiving!
Prayer: “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.” Amen. (Psalm 145:21)
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].