All Together, Now!

Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

Psalm 148:7-13

The theme of Psalm 148 is praising the Lord.  After reading these verses, I am not exactly sure how all of this works, but it is interesting to think about and it does present a challenge for us to praise His name.

Look at all of the things that are told to praise Him in these verses: dragons, deeps, fire, hail, snow, vapour, stormy wind, mountains, hills, fruitful trees, cedars, beasts, cattle, creeping things, fowls, Kings, all people, princes, judges, young men, maidens, old men, and children.

Those are the groups of people and things that are told to be praising the Lord.  I think that we can all find ourselves somewhere in that list.  I’m not exactly sure how this all works.  I don’t know exactly how hills and mountains and winds can praise the Lord, but apparently they can.  I’m also not exactly sure how beasts and cattle can praise the Lord, but they can.  I do know that the Bible says that the whole creation “groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22)  The fact that we can not understand hills and mountains and animals praising the Lord might have something to do with the curse of sin on the earth.  I don’t fully understand it, but I do believe it!

This brings me to one simple point.  A mountain is an inanimate object and it is supposed to be praising the Lord.  How much more should we, who know the Lord and who have mouths and tongues and vocal chords, be praising the Lord?  How convicting is it that an animal could somehow praise the Lord when we won’t?  Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Andso it was that Jesus said “If these here do not praise me the very rocks will cry out!”

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  2. I like thinking that since He created all those things, their very being here praises Him. 🙂 And I can praise Him just because I’m here too! God bless you, Ben. No rocks will be crying out around you. 😉

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