Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11
Key verse: (1)
Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
Reflection: One of my favorite ways to consider a Psalm is to read it in a different version. While I love the familiarity of the NRSV, I find God opens up a new idea when I read something less familiar. Today, try this version of Psalm 147:1-11 from Eugene Peterson’s interpretation from The Message. What is God saying to you today?
It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God;
praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem,
who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken
and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
God puts the fallen on their feet again
and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn,
play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds,
preparing rain for the earth,
Then turning the mountains green with grass,
feeding both cattle and crows.
He’s not impressed with horsepower;
the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God’s attention;
they can depend on his strength.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes, my ears, my soul to what you have to say to me today. Keep me always looking and listening for you. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[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].