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Friday, March 29

Psalm 148 (NRSV)

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!

Devotion
All creation praise the Lord!

This ancient hymn called upon all creation to praise the Lord, including animals, plants, sun, moon and stars, people young and old.  Then, as now, people asked for God’s wisdom during troubled times, and were constantly reminded of his presence in their daily lives.  Today, Pastor Scott’s weekly sermons help us to address our anxieties: our world with its violence, drugs, poverty, loneliness, and disasters.

In praising God, we also remember that God is ready to listen to our concerns and cares.  In praising God together as members of one congregation, whether in word or song, we add to our personal spiritual uplifting.  A verse of a favorite hymn springs to mind:

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring:
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Who like thee His praise should sing?
Praise Him!  Praise Him!

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and forget none of His benefits. “Because Thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips will praise Thee.”  “I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Thy name forever.”

Prayer
We thank you, God, for our Church family and for what we mean to one another. We are grateful for the bonds of loyalty and affection which sustain us. We praise and thank you for your loving grace we receive every day of our lives. May we continue to rejoice in singing your praises. Amen.

Verna Chenault