Let the Heavens Praise!

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?..  The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them. The north and the south, you have created them.” Psalm 89:5-8,11-12

The thought of heaven itself praising God the Mighty Maker, Master Designer, stirs me to wonder and delight. The twinkle of a star a smile, the curve of the moon a bow, or lifted hand, the woosh of the wind a song of praise, the boom of thunder a bass beneath timbrel rain, all are owned by Him, rejoice in Him, and serve Him with gladness and praise. (Psalm 98:7-8; 148:4)

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Looking up at the sky makes us small. Taking in its vastness, its boundless reach to infinity, beholding the exquisite beauty of cloud shape and movement, color, suspended heavenly lights, causes my soul to soar and at the same time bow to this indescribable One Who would so craft such a universe. He is indeed greatly to be praised and feared, delighted in and revered. I who have eyes to see and a mind to understand cannot help but respond to the splendor of His handiwork by joining in with all creation in extolling the uncreated One. Face to heaven, hands high, heart swelling full with the melody of joy, this is what I was created for. (Isaiah 43:7)

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

“Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!”  ~St. Francis of Assisi (1225)

Will I watch the heavens praise God and join in their song? Lord, open my eyes and heart, and loosen my tongue!

“Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, Heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, Fairer, or dearer,
Than Thou my Savior art to me.                                                                                       

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.”  ~ Anonymous, German, 17th century

Amen and amen.

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