Let Us Praise the Lord!


"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!" - Psalm 148:11-14

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose." If you know this line, then you know the television show "Friday Night Lights." The phrase is what the football team says before every game. Sure, they lose sometimes, but this motto helps the team to unite.

What if we had to choose one phrase to unite all of God’s people? It would be a difficult task. The psalmist in today’s passage, however, may beg to differ. In today’s passage, everyone is called to praise the Lord. Kings and rulers, people of every nation, children and elderly, women and men: all of God’s people are summoned to praise the Lord.

Maybe that can be the phrase that can help unite us: Praise the Lord. Let us praise the Lord!

God of glory and love, I confess that it is often easy to focus on the differences I have with people in my own faith community rather than what can bring us together. Help me to praise you, to give you thanks for who you are in my life, and may that unite me with fellow sisters and brothers in Christ. Amen.
Nov 14 2017