Have you come to the end of your day only to feel so tired, drained, and completely wiped out? Most of us experience at least one, two, or even more days like this in any given week. The demands of the world can be so overwhelming and stressful and it can leave you with seemingly nothing left when you finally near the end of your day.
That was my day today, and as I sat down to try and write a devotional tonight, I really struggled with the words that I wanted to write and the hope that I wanted to convey. So I began to read my Bible and listen to worship songs and I came across a song that I haven’t heard in some time and a passage of scripture that I haven’t read in a long time. As I listened to the song while reading the scripture, the stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed began to fade away. I began to think less about the world and more about my creator God.
So maybe that’s my devotional tonight, the song and the scripture passage, because both very strongly express the promise that we have through faith in God and the praise that is to be lifted up to God by the whole creation. So I invite you to read the scripture and listen to the song and hopefully you will be as blessed by both as I was.
Psalm 148New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Whole Creation Invoked to Praise the Lord.
148 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.
Praise the Lord!