Going Deeper 5-22-19

The Psalm for Easter 5 (I somehow used the Easter 6 Psalm last week😏)...
Psalm 148   Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!  Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host!  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.  He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.  Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!  Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds!  Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!  Young men and women alike, old and young together!  Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.  He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord!

There are many ways to offer praise to God, but one thing is clear: praising God is important!

One reason to praise God is that it seems to be something He desires.  But just as God desires our obedience because it is what is best for us and for everyone around us, we need to understand that God delights in our praise because as our Creator He knows that worshipping God is good for us.  To acknowledge the beauty and wonder of creation helps us to perceive the beauty and power of God.  To dwell on the incredible grace and steadfast love described throughout the Bible-- and ultimately displayed on the cross-- helps us to be filled with love and peace.

This is just one of the many great values in gathering regularly with a church family, where we can continue to hear and be reminded of the praise-worthiness of God and to join with others in expressing our love and admiration and gratitude.  The Hymn of Praise in our liturgies follows confession and absolution, as well as the wonderful Kyrie prayer/song in which we seek God's blessings on all things.  Grace moves us to praise.  Being able to commend all things into the powerful and loving hands of our Lord moves us to praise.  Hearing God's word read and taught can move us to praise.  Receiving grace through the Sacrament, remembering what Jesus did for us, moves us to praise.

It is a healthy part of our spirituality to recall all of the reasons we have to be moved to express our love and gratitude and admiration for our awesome God.  So "Praise the Lord!"  We have good reason to do so!!

With You in Him,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."