Scripture: Psalm 148
Key verses: (7-8) Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command.
Reflection: Imagine that all of creation is praising God – fire and snow, mountains and trees, cattle and birds. That image is the invitation of Psalm 148.
Lutheran pastor Herbert Brokering wrote a hymn entitled “Earth and All Stars.” The first time I heard this hymn I couldn’t help but giggle because Brokering includes all sorts of strange sounds in his litany of praising sounds, like boiling test tubes and pounding hammers. The more I listened and paid attention to the words I realized that this was a great affirmation of all aspects of life honoring God the Creator. Brokering said “I tried to gather into a hymn of praise the many facets of life which emerge in the life of community. So there are the references to building, nature, learning, family, war, festivity. Seasons, emotions, death and resurrection, bread, wine, water, wind, sun, spirit. . . .have made great impressions on my imagination.” You can hear the hymn here
I wonder what sounds you will hear today that might lift praise to God. Birds in the trees, the loud hum of cicadas at dusk, the rush of air from the air conditioning vent, the sizzle of meat on the grill, the shouts of children playing down the street. May your ears be open today to notice the everyday sounds that are praising God.
In the hymn we sing a repeated refrain “God has done marvelous things. We too sing praises with a new song!” May you join with all of creation to praise God today. Shout for joy! Hum or whistle a favorite tune! Clap your hands or listen to the rhythm of your feet hitting the pavement while you walk. Sigh and laugh and whisper. God has done marvelous things! Praise the Lord from the earth.
Prayer: We praise you O Lord! We join the angels in heaven to sing your praises. We join with creation to make a joyful noise. Thank you for all of the marvelous things you have done. 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].