In the Midst of Praise

2 Sep

I have enjoyed being in the midst of praise hymns. It is where I like to spend my energy. Here’s the thing; I know that much of life is hard, and things don’t turn out the way we thought they would, or how we wanted, but I think that is life. And, if we can change something into a better reality; take the possibilities at hand and create a better life, that’s great. But, sometimes we just have to live in the midst of people who do not make good choices and people who do not say nice things and we can’t change it. SO, on those days, I think praising God is a good way to go. Praise to God is never wasted and it always makes me feel better. How about you?

So here is one more praise hymn; Psalm 98. It is an interesting psalm because it begins with the affirmation that God has set thing right and by the end of the psalm it looks forward to the time went God will sent things right. It my “Introduction to New Testament” class in seminary, the professor said this was the Apostle Paul’s understanding of the “already and not yet” of the reign of God. I often wonder what we can do to help God “set things right.”

Sing to God a brand-new song.
He’s made a world of wonders!
He rolled up his sleeves,
He set things right.
2 God made history with salvation,
He showed the world what he could do.
3 He remembered to love us, a bonus
To his dear family, Israel—indefatigable love.
The whole earth comes to attention.
Look—God’s work of salvation!
4 Shout your praises to God, everybody!
Let loose and sing! Strike up the band!
5 Round up an orchestra to play for God,
Add on a hundred-voice choir.
6 Feature trumpets and big trombones,
Fill the air with praises to King God.
7 Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause,
With everything living on earth joining in.
8 Let ocean breakers call out, “Encore!”
And mountains harmonize the finale—
9 A tribute to God when he comes,
When he comes to set the earth right.
He’ll straighten out the whole world,
He’ll put the world right, and everyone in it.

I always love the way the psalmist comes up with to praise the wonders of God. How many ways to you have to say thank you to God? I hope you find a few new ones on the holiday to celebrate good work to do.


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