Ps 150 – “Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! Hallelujah!”
News stories break almost daily of teenagers or young adults whose actions shame or embarrass their parents.
This week’s newsfeeds include the stories of a 14-year-old Dutch girl, whose thoughtless but threatening Twitter message to American Airlines left no one amused; and Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, who left a backpack with a rice-cooker (not a bomb) at the finish line area in Boston on Monday. In the latter case, the parents have moved quickly to indicate that Kevin is emotionally unstable. It’s not their parenting but his health that is at issue.
The 150-song Psalmody concludes with the resonating line “Let every living, breathing creature praise GOD! Hallelujah!” The statement summarizes the heartbeat of the Psalms as a whole. Whatever we face, whatever we fear, whatever we long for, whatever we suffer, the final word is Hallelujah.
Yet, this statement calls us to more than a vocal declaration.
It’s one thing to honor GOD by what we say. It’s another matter altogether to honor Him by how we live. Indeed, our actions surely do more to bring Him praise than our words. A life that reflects His character speaks far more loudly than a few eloquent sentences.
We praise GOD most authentically and most powerfully by life-choices not word-choices.
As we prepare for this Easter weekend, this final declaration of the Psalms should become the primary declaration of our lives. We choose to live differently and speak differently because of the Cross and the empty tomb. We resolve to bring GOD glory, honor, and praise despite the violence, chaos, and darkness in our lives … because Sunday’s coming.
And as we praise GOD (with all that we are) may all of creation around us do the same.
Breath Prayer for Today: “All praise to You, Lord.”