“Praise the Lord”

On August 18, Pastor Katy preaches on Psalm 150.

1 Praise the Lord!
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!

The Psalms are a collection of prayers and poetry written by multiple authors and spanning the full spectrum of human experience. Some cry out to God in lament, while others give voice to song and praise. Many communities of faith read through each of the 150 Psalms as an act of devotion, and then upon completion they begin again. There is a rhythm to this circular practice that somehow seems appropriate, and yet when we read the final, 150th Psalm, it sings of a noisy, instrument-filled, cacophonous praise of God that feels like the grand finale!

As school begins and we bid farewell to the summer and also to our beloved Dr. Suzanne Pence, we celebrate the finale, but also the rhythm of life and new beginnings. God is in the joys and the sorrows, in the changing of seasons and the passing of time. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!