Friday, November 21, 2014

Blowin' in the Wind: A Psalm for Thanksgiving!

(Blowin’ in the Wind is a regular feature on my blog consisting of an assortment of nature writings – hymns, songs, excerpts, prayers, Bible readings, poems or other things – pieces I may not have written but that inspire me or have given me joy. I trust they will do the same for you.)

Psalm 148

1   Praise the LORD!
     Praise the LORD from the heavens,
     praise Him in the heights!
2   Praise Him, all His angels,
     praise Him, all His hosts!

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   And He established them for ever 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 Beasts 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 maidens together,
     old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
     for His name alone is exalted;
     His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for His people,
     praise for all his saints,
     for His people who are near to Him.
     Praise the LORD!

For three thousand years, the Psalms have been the time-tested songbook for the people of God. Psalm 148 is one of the Hallelujah Psalms, and its message is simple: all created things in both heaven and earth give God praise! Nothing holds back! Verse one starts it out: Praise the Lord from the heavens! And verse seven picks up the antiphony: praise the Lord from the earth! Together, all of creation redounds to gratitude. This seemed to me appropriate to share on my blog this week, not only as a proclamation of praise for Thanksgiving Day, but as a declaration of faith for every single day of our lives!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!
~~RGM, November 21, 2014

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