Today's psalm encourages us to focus entirely on praising the Lord. As you read through this psalm today, do what it urges you to do – to participate with all of creation in praising the name of the Lord.
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.
This psalm is divided into two parts. Which realm is being instructed to praise the Lord in verses 1-6? 'Who' does this involve? For what reasons? Imagine what it means for each of these to praise the Lord:
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.
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Which realm is being instructed to praise the Lord in verses 7-14? 'Who' does this involve? For what reasons? Imagine what it means for each of these to praise the Lord:
What does verse 14 mean? Why would this lead God's people to praise Him?
Take some time to praise the Lord before moving on with the rest of your day.