Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c

Praise the Lord.

How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Praise the Lord.

A Thought

When we consider the great and wonderful creation that God has accomplished for us, we should be humbled, with praise and thanksgiving to him. God heals our brokenness and mends our wounds. God, mighty in power, gives us the stars of the sky; he covers the earth with clouds that give rain to provide grass as food for the cattle and for the ravens when they call. God’s pleasure is not in the power of the horse or the strength of man, but his delight is found in all who will place their hope and trust in his unfailing love. In turn we should humble ourselves and take refuse with songs of praise and thanksgiving as we choose to trust our mighty God with his power and complete understanding for our every need. Praise the Lord!

Our Prayer

Father we humble and bow down to say thank you for making all things work together for our good. We love you. Thank you for loving us with your redeeming grace. Fill us with your power; fulfill your will within each of us as we submit to your word. We ask in Jesus’ name and for your glory, amen.