1 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, 6 and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and women, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14 And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.
Talk about a comprehensive list! Phew! Absolutely everything He has made is called to worship – celestial orbs, the atmosphere & weather, plants, animals and people. And why should we worship God? He is the creator – we exist because of Him. He is majestic – impressive in His beauty and scale. He lifts His people up – empowering us with authority. He has drawn us close – we are His.
Yes, when put like that it stands out to me how much God is totally on a different level and why He is worthy of worship. I want to centre my existence around something worthy, and God definitively fits the bill.
Thank you God for being an amazing enigma – uncontainable and yet personal…. Perfect and yet gracious… Almighty and yet selfless… Thank you God that you are so big that eternity cannot exhaust your magnificence. Please help me to stop and take the time to marvel. Amen!
Written by Beth Waugh