A Season of Psalms - Psalm 148:1-6
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Martin Luther was a lover of song. By age fourteen, his parents required that he earn his own way, and he did so by singing in the streets. He must have sung well or he would have starved to death. Music became his passion, and ultimately his great desire was to have Christianity expressed in the German language so they could sing the wonderful truths of the faith. The German Reformation introduced to the people a hymnal by which they could sing their faith not only in congregational worship, but also in the home, at school, and on the street. For believers today, what a treasure to have two great books of theology: one to read and one to sing!
Psalm 148 says that all creation, animate or inanimate, will sing praise to the Lord. One of my favorite authors says that in this universal chorus of praise, “the universe is the choir loft, endless rows of chairs, tier upon tier.” The angels will praise, as will the sun, moon, and stars. Everything in the vast cosmic array will shout the glory of Yahweh, for at His command they were created and they will endure forever. Notice the progression of the psalm, from the heavens to the earth. The creatures of Earth offer their praise, from the great sea creatures to nature to all of humankind on the planet. We will praise the name of the Lord from everlasting to everlasting because His name is exalted above all else and His majesty stretches far, far beyond all galaxies, known and unknown. We sing to a holy God of wonders and the universe declares His majesty.
Psalm 95:6: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” We are His! He cares for us! Knowing this, let’s lift our voices and join in the heavenly chorus, singing “Holy is He, and great is His glory!”
Further Reading: Revelation 19:1-10; Isaiah 55
Let’s pray today:
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth, and sky, and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty! God in three Persons, blessed Trinity! We praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. In Jesus name, Amen.