Daily Reading and Prayer – Thursday, August 6
Psalm 148 is spectacular. As I read it, I feel as though I am looking through a window into centuries of worship. This Psalm is at least 2500 years old, and perhaps older still, but the words are entirely timeless, and have formed half the hymns we sing. Praise the Lord indeed!
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 sign of strength,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord!
For this Psalm, a hymn! The glorious “Praise My Soul the King of Heaven”