This wholehearted psalm of praise brings to mind the account of the creation in Genesis. Each part of creation is exhorted to praise the Lord, from the heavens and heavenly bodies, to the creatures of the sea and land, trees and plants and, finally, men and women.
Long ago, in Psalm 19, we read that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” When we sing our praises to God in church on a Sunday, or in our cars or homes, it is worth remembering that human beings are not the only source of praise to God.
All around us, his creation declares his majesty, his power and his unfailing faithfulness. Spring, with all of its bursting new life, is a season where this is particularly evident, but each season brings its reminder of a God who created and sustains the universe.
In fact, as Jesus told the Pharisees when they wanted to stop the disciples from noisily praising God on the road into Jerusalem, if we don’t praise him, “the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40).
At the beginning of Psalm 148, the angels praise God. At the end, the people praise him. In between, all of creation praises him. Each element of creation understands that they owe their very existence to the Lord who brought them into being with a command, and continues to sustain them. Let us, with all creation, praise the Lord!
Meditation verse: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendour is above the earth and the heavens.