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Year A, Easter 4, Psalm

Psalm 148
     Praise the LORD from the heavens; *
     praise him in the heights. 
Praise him, all you angels of his; *
     praise him, all his host. 
Praise him, sun and moon; *
     praise him, all you shining stars. 
Praise him, heaven of heavens, *
     and you waters above the heavens. 
Let them praise the Name of the LORD; *
     for he commanded, and they were created. 
He made them stand fast for ever and ever; *
     he gave them a law which shall not pass away. 
Praise the LORD from the earth, *
     you sea-monsters and all deeps; 
Fire and hail, snow and fog, *
     tempestuous wind, doing his will; 
Mountains and all hills, *
     fruit trees and all cedars; 
Wild beasts and all cattle, *
     creeping things and winged birds; 
Kings of the earth and all peoples, *
     princes and all rulers of the world; 
Young men and maidens, *
     old and young together. 
Let them praise the Name of the LORD, *
     for his Name only is exalted,
     his splendor is over earth and heaven. 
He has raised up strength for his people
     and praise for all his loyal servants, *
     the children of Israel, a people who are near him.

Reflection on Psalm 148
by John Gibbs, Ph D

“Becoming People Who Are Safe for the World” (“God’s Offspring”)

The whole creation in all its parts is successively called upon to praise the Lord.  All in heaven (vv. 1-6), all non-human creatures on earth (vv. 7-10), and all humans (vv. 11-14) are called upon to join the chorus of praise.

There is no dichotomy here between "spiritual" and "physical" realities.  Far from being an individual matter, the praise of God the Lord is massively inclusive.  Far from being only "the people of Israel's" (v. 14) worship inside a synagogue, acclamation of God belongs also to the creation.

To Reflections on other Readings for this Sunday:
Old Testament
Isaiah 41:17-20
Psalm 148
this page
New Testament
1 Peter 3:8-18 or 
Acts 17:22-31
John 15:1-8

John Gibbs, PhD, a retired theologian, attends Trinity Episcopal Church, Park Rapids, MN.   He originally wrote this reflection in 2002.  He and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to John Gibbs or any MEESC member, or mail them to:
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