Ep.291: Psalm 148: Hallelujah Number Three.

Hello, I’m Daniel Westfall on the channel “Pray with Me”.

Psalm 148 is the third of five Hallelujah psalms that take us to the end of the Psalter. Like its four companions, it begins and ends with “Hallelujah”, which means “Praise the Lord!” 

Psalm 148 has two parts. The first encourages everything in the heavens to praise the Lord. Angels, stars, planets, even the water above the blue dome of the sky.

The second half of the psalm encourages everything on earth to praise the Lord: weather events like hail, snow, and storms; domestic and wild creatures on land, sea, and sky; mountains and trees; even people, young and old, politically well-placed or, like me, politically unplaced. 

Psalm 148 is a summons for everything in creation to praise God. Surely he who made it all, and rules over what he made, is great. 

Let’s pray. 

Our father, we live by the cycles of the sun and moon–by seasons and tides, light and darkness, warmth and cold. Our earth is not some random planet in an improbable universe, but our home designed and built by you, our wise and loving God. 

You created the climate, and you watch over it. Our modern technology can barely predict today’s weather, much less manage it.The pollution we pour into earth, sky, and seas drives the weather and our tomorrows mad. But as the poet says, lightning, hail, clouds, tsunamis, volcanoes, and tornadoes are your servants. We remember Jesus who stopped the wind and calmed the waves.

You filled the earth with life. Microbes and elephants, water bugs and blue whales, gentle ferns and mighty trees were not created by random evolution operating through endless ages. Your hand has guided creation and history to where we stand today. Soon, your hand will sweep our future into your eternal plan. 

Our father, you who watch the universe expand, you who watch humans stumble and fumble from age to age, you who will resolve history when Jesus comes to earth again, have mercy on our short, short lives. Teach us to enjoy the world you created. Teach us to eat well and sleep well and pray well and live well by the help of your spirit and the guidance you give us in scripture. 

Bring us through this life with thanks and praise. Usher us into the next life with clear vision, obedient faith, and holier lives than we have known. 

We praise you, our forever God. Hallelujah. 


I’m Daniel on the channel “Pray with Me”. 

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