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A Symphony of Praise

"Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above" (Ps. 146:1).

There is nothing within the framework of a worship service that moves more than singing praise to the Lord. I love to hear three or four different parts blend together into a beautiful sound, We have a song in our book entitled "The Greatest Commands." It is sung as a round starting with the altos. The basses, tenors, and then sopranos are added with each repeat until all four are singing together. I get chills when I listen to it.

Psalm 146 is a three movement symphony of praise. Please let me share this with you....

THE FIRST MOVEMENT......THE PRAISE OF THE HEAVENS....1-6

The first verse of this praise symphony is sung by the heavens. He is praised in succession by: the angels, all His heavenly host, the sun and moon, the stars, and the clouds. Why is he praised by all of these? Verses five and six provide the answers. God created all of these and put rules in place to govern them. Just the thought of these natural laws show a care, forethought, and intricate wisdom..All worthy of praise.

THE SECOND MOVEMENT....THE PRAISE OF THE EARTH......7-12

The praise moves from the heights to ground level, as the psalmist proceeds to demonstrate the reaction of the creations of the earth. Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds, mountains and hills, fruit trees and animals, are but some of those that give Him praise. The praise here given by people (11 & 12) seems to be directed by everyday individuals not just "believing" ones. Non-believers praise Him everyday by just being alive...Kings (those in authority), judges (the wise and intellegent people), young men and maidens (the youth with their vibrancy), old men (the wise through experience), and children (those of purity and innocence), all give Him praise.

THE THIRD MOVEMENT.....PRAISE OF HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE....(13-14)

In the third movement the praise gets personal. It is directed to the name of the Lord. Its not just about the creation, but rather the personal praise to a "known God." He is a personal God to those that will come to know Him. In explanation, the "horn" symbolizes strength....He makes His people strong. "The praise of all His saints" represents those who knew Him then and now. "Of the children of Israel", move to look at 1 John 3:1..."How great is the love of the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God."....that's us. And finally, "A people near Him" explains itself. James tells us to draw near to God and He will draw near to us (4:8)

I hope you have time today to meditate on this 146th Psalm. Enjoy the symphony of praise to our God that is shown. Maybe, using this as a model, we can compose and perform our own symphony of praise in our lives...

Have a great weekend....Let you light shine for Him...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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