Scripture: Psalm 147
Key verses: (15-20)
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down hail like crumbs —
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!
Reflection: Hallelujah; praise the Lord! What an honor and privilege it is to Praise the Lord! In this country, the human law says everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all. Thank God for the first amendment to the constitution that has allowed our country to avoid many religious conflicts that have plagued other nations. Congress cannot make a law encouraging or promoting religion in any way or prohibiting free exercise of religion. Praise the Lord!
The Psalmist reminds us that we praise God for both creation and divine law. The Lord both gives the snow and also scatters the frost. God makes the wind blow and the waters flow. God does it all. We also praise God for God’s ordinances and statues. While we have many human laws, we ultimately answer to God and God’s laws, starting with creation.
Praise God we have the freedom of religion to praise the Lord! However, human law and God’s law do not always align. As we live into this reality, we must consider God’s laws in our actions and Praise the Lord!
Prayer: God, we are grateful for the human law that allows for freedom of religion in this country. We are mostly grateful for your law, your law that established creation and gave statutes and ordinances to Israel and gives us direction in our lives. Help us to live more fully into your law and Praise you! Praise the Lord! Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[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].