Scripture: Psalm 148
Key verses: (3-12)
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
4 Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
6 He established them forever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!
9 Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and women alike,
old and young together!
Reflection: Psalm 148 highlights the beginning of our world, reminding us of the God of creation. The sun and the moon, the waters above the heavens, fire and snow, fruit trees and cedars, and all people were created by our God.
All of creation is to praise the Lord: the shining stars, highest heavens, sea monsters from the deep, creeping things, and flying birds. Similar to Genesis 1, this list of creation culminates in humanity. It’s an inclusive Psalm. Nothing, or no one, is left out, not even the kings on earth, old people, or young people. We are all called to acknowledge the sovereignty and ultimate reign of the Lord.
The first question in the Westminster Catechism, from the Book of Confessions (Part I of the Constitution of the PCUSA) states: “What is the chief and highest end of humanity? Humanity’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully enjoy God forever.”
As we go out this day, let us remember that we are put on earth to glorify and praise God.
Prayer: God, thank you for creation; thank you for creating each one of us. Help us to remember to praise you in our daily lives. And forgive us when we forget. We pray all this in the name of the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. 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].