1 Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹There is a foreverness about Him that is worthy of praise
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹All creation praises God by doing exactly what it was created to do. I on the other hand pick and chose my purpose from day to day, sometimes from moment to moment – I repent that my life is so much more about me than about my creator and bringing Him praise
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹The sun, the moon, the waters above, each have a divine purpose and that purpose is all they do. What is my ultimate purpose, the underlining reason for my existence?
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide.
Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
THE PRAISE OF CREATION. Praise comes to God from all he has made. It begins in the highest heaven (verses 1–4). It comes from the sun and moon and stars (verse 3), from the clouds and rain (verse 4). The second half of the psalm will include sea creatures, mountains, trees, animals, and flying birds (verses 7–10). The psalmist commands all of them to praise the Lord, as he does the inhabitants of the earth (verses 11–13). But the reader of the Bible knows that the nonhuman creation is already fully praising God. All of nature sings God’s glory; we alone are out of tune. The question is this: How can we be brought back into the great music?
Prayer: Lord, when I try to praise you, I can sense that I’m out of tune, that I am an extremely unskillful musician. But “tune my heart to sing thy grace” by the truth of your Word and by the moving of the Spirit in my heart. Give me steeled direction, open my eyes to your purposes, your plans, and allow me join you. At the end of the day may I say… “I was created for this, and rest knowing it brought you glory.