The Lord made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord. Psalm 103: 19-22 NLT
Most of Psalm 103 has been directed to us humans here on earth. The conclusion of the psalm turns to the heavenly realm. The psalmist reminds even the heavenly beings to continue to praise God. This seems pretty unnecessary. Shouldn't the angels already be doing this? But the psalmist really wants all of creation – from humans to the earth to the angels – to be in this praising business.
How are you doing with your own praising business? How often to you praise God? Is it just when you get your way or when things are going well? Can you praise God through all circumstances? Do you even know what it means to praise God?
Praising God is not saying thank you. That is appreciating God. Praising God is lifting up God and God's name in prayer. It is repeating how wonderful God is. Praising means saying or singing to God about how awesome God is. The psalmist want us to use all that we are to praise God.
God, we give you praise and glory! You are an awesome God! May all you have created praise your heavenly name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims