1 I Praise ye the LORD.
Praise ye the LORD from the heavens:
Praise him in the heights.
2 Praise ye him, all his angels:
Praise ye him, all his host.
3 Praise ye him, sun and moon;
Praise him, all ye stars of light.
4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens,
And ye waters that be above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD:
For he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever:
He hath made a decree which shall not pass away.
7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
Ye dragons, and all deeps:
8 Fire and hail, snow and vapour;
Stormy wind, fulfilling his word:
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars:
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl:
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth:
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children:
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD;
For his name alone is exalted:
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And he hath lifted up the horn of his people,
The praise of all his saints;
Even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.
Praise ye the LORD.
It is good to praise the Lord and all creation is invited to praise him. From low to high, all that is, exists because he called it into being. The great stars of the sky which, once set in motion, remained so by his word. The great tempests and storms which plague and chase mankind are under his rule and authority. All animals and birds, all praise God in their obedience.
Yet, in one singular moment, the divine God entered into this world, incarnate. He subjected himself to temperature and laws. He submitted and obeyed. Even so, the winds and the waves obeyed his will. This Jesus, the creator himself, submitted to God’s will and suffered on our behalf.
As if we needed any greater reason to praise God! Yet, here is a Great Lord, indeed. Willing to create and rule – to listen and serve. Let us praise the name of the Lord forever, together.