Praise the Lord

Praise the LORD.[a]

   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,[b]
   the praise of all His faithful servants,
   of Israel, the people close to His heart.

   Praise the LORD. – Psalm 148

Picture by Sam O'Daniel

“Mommy, wouldn’t it be cool if the trees could talk?”  My three-year-old daughter looked around her as we drove down the road, enjoying a beautiful, spring-like day at the end of January.  The first image that came to mind was the trees from Babes in Toyland, a favorite movie at our house.  But then I realized that this was an excellent time to teach Hannah that trees can and do talk to the One who created them!

This question brought forth a whole conversation about how all of nature speaks – in fact, it sings, worships, and claps for the Lord God Almighty!  On Monday, the wind howled, the rain fell, the cold wrapped its fingers around our naked noses, mouths, and ears, and the praises were sung to the Lord.  Today, the wind is calm, the temperatures are warm, and the sun is shining.  Even now the earth sings praises to the Lord.

Isaiah 55:12 says, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

I first started writing poetry when I was in elementary school, and I have always loved the imagery that can be painted with words.  So I especially love the Psalms and this passage in Isaiah that personify creation and how it praises the Lord.

The brook babbles, the wind howls, the earth grumbles – all in praise to our Lord, Who made them all!  Just looking around at creation, I can’t imagine that there isn’t a Creator.  And I can’t imagine that He doesn’t love us!  To me, everything in nature blends together in perfect harmony – even natural disasters have their place.  If we listen carefully, we can hear the symphony playing, the crescendo of the gentle rhythm of the creek water into the roar of the waterfall; the gentle shifting of the earth (which is hardly ever felt) erupting and crashing as it breaks apart; the clashing sound of the wind and rain against the house diminishing into the gentle calmness of a whispering breeze.  All the earth sings praises to God!

I know it’s easy to forget God’s goodness in the daily routine of changing dirty diapers, wiping runny noses, and drying crocodile tears, but take your kids outside and teach them how to hear God’s symphony!  Find God’s goodness in even the dark, cold, rainy night!  Then sing your own song of praise, for He created you as well!

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to Your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night” – Psalm 92:1-2


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