7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women, old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.
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?
🔹His name alone is exalted, and I will praise Him. He has raised up for his people a horn [Christ Jesus] and I thank Him and I am reminded of #Immanuel – God With us.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹Today I put “Christmas” away at our house; how often do I put “Christ” away; either just by being caught up in the busyness of the day or by overtly choosing to sin? Father, I thank you, I praise you because you have raised up Jesus and I rest in my redemption and your grace, thank you.
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹Perhaps I should give greater attention to the promises and commands of a God who has lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and stormy winds doing his bidding,
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.” -Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus”
PRAISE THAT UNITES. We see extremes brought together in praise (verses 10–12): wild animals and kings, old and young. “Young men and maids, old men and babes.” How can humans be brought into the music? “He has raised up for his people a horn” (verse 14), a strong deliverer. The Gospels tell us this is Jesus (Luke 1:69), who brings us to God (verse 14). When your soul through grace begins to praise God, you come into harmony with the rest of the universe, which is also singing. Your redeemed voice contributes its own unique chord and adds to the overwhelming beauty. Praise unites us also with one another. Here is “the only potential bond between the extremes of mankind: joyful preoccupation with God.”Praise the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, glorify yourself before the world and put forth your power to unite the extremes of humankind in the church of Jesus Christ. Unite the races, the classes, the genders, the tribes—all in praise. You have begun this good work; now bring it to completion in Jesus Christ… Thank you for forgiving me when I fall short of your purposes for my life. Holy Spirit remind me repeatedly that I am not my own. And remind me repeatedly that I am not alone. Let me join the chorus of other followers tonight: “Praise the Lord”.