Today’s Scrip-Bit 18 March 2018 Psalm 148:5

Psalm 148:5.    Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded and they were created.

Seven days have passed friends, since we last visited the Lord’s sanctuary to refresh our souls and spirits. That means we are due for a refuelling today. 

So let’s all come together, gather in the Lord’s house and fellowship with enthusiasm, hope, faith, praise and worship, while He replenishes, with His word and spiritual touch, the faith we’ve used up this past week. That will enable us to go back out and work diligently and sincerely on His behalf, with a full tank of joy, LOVE, confidence, persistence and peace. 

And all of God’s children declared a loud and thankful: ‘Glory to God for His LOVING-kindness to the undeserving children of men!’ And how right we are, to give God the glory for all the magnanimous and magnificent things He’s done for us. 

Now, as always, let’s begin our praise and worship with a favourite old hymn titled ‘All things bright and beautiful.’ It was written by Cecil F. Alexander around 1848. And does it ever celebrate the Lord and His creations in nature. So let’s belt it our now through lips lined with sacrificial praise and hearts filled with enormous LOVE and gratitude to our Maker. 

‘(Refrain: All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.) Each little flow’r that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. (Refrain) 

The purple-headed mountains, The river running by, The sunset and the morning That brightens up the sky.(Refrain) 

The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one. (Refrain) The tall trees in the greenwood, The meadows where we play, The rushes by the water, To gather every day.(Refrain) 

He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well. All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.’

Yeh friends, ALL the beauty we enjoy in nature was made by our heavenly Father, for our enjoyment. Unfortunately though, many of us, including Christians, don’t seem to appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature. 

What can be more beautiful than a golden sunset; a full moon in full glow while stars sprinkle the night sky, or birds singing sweet songs of thanks in the early morning hours as they rise and give praise to their creator. 

Chuh! But we, the most important of God’s creation find it difficult, or even impossible to thank Him for His fatherly goodness and the beauty He’s created to enliven our earthly lives. 

Now we’re going to spend the rest of this message giving Him some of the praise He so worthily deserves. And we’ll begin with Psalm 148 – All creation to praise the Lord – from which our Bit is taken. ‘Praise ye the Lord (sing Hallelujah): Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. 

Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.’ (Ps.148:1-5) 

And that’s the gospel truth my brethren! The Lord commanded everything to be made that was made! Therefore everything that was made, especially man, ought to be constantly singing His praises and admiring His handiwork. And He even went a step further than just creating them: ‘He hath also stablished (established) them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall never pass.’ (Ps.148:6) Glory to God friends! 

Nothing God has made shall pass away unless He wills it. Therefore ‘Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps (sea creatures): Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: 

Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent (exalted); his glory is above the earth and heaven. 

He also exalteth the horn (strength) of his people, the praise of all of his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord (sing Hallelujah)’ (Ps.148:7-14) 

Oh my people, how awesome is our God eh! I can’t understand why we refuse to exalt and glorify Him the way we should. But this Sunday morning, as we gather to worship Him, let’s begin changing that nuh. Let’s raise up our voices and our hearts in gratitude and tenderness and LOVE and exaltation, so that He can know that we truly appreciate Him and bring a beautiful smile to His face and a glow of warmth to His heart! Much LOVE!

…by the word of the Lord…were the heavens made…and all the hosts of them…by the breath of his mouth… (Ps.33:6)

 

Today’s Scrip-Bit 9 November 2015 Psalm 148:1

Psalm 148:1.  Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah): Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Well Friends and neighbours, the day of the daily task and common grind has rolled around again. It’s Monday… And I hear a whole set of disgruntled ‘Chuhs’ and ‘Steupses!’ 

And I have to quickly declare: ‘Wait up Friends, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m only doing my job.’ 

‘So who should we shoot then?’ comes the reply. 

‘Nobody,’ I answer. And truly my brethren, there’s no need to shoot anyone, for it’s not like we don’t know that Monday is coming around, it’s been doing that for ages. It’s just that we refuse to prepare properly for it, so when it does roll around, we get ourselves all in a thither, because we have to get up and go to work and we’re still tired and sleepy from the exhausting weekend. 

Now we can always arrange it so that you don’t have to go to work. But as Bruh Paul advised the Thessalonians, if you don’t work you won’t be eating either. (2 Thess. 3:10) So let’s cut out the nonsense and just get up and get ourselves together nuh. Part of that entails thanking our heavenly Father for allowing us to see a new day, and asking for His strength, wisdom and guidance as we face the evil and dangerous world. 

And as always, to help in that department, let’s sing our Monday Morning Battle Hymn with as much verve and enthusiasm as we can manage. Oh… just one word of warning; our choirmaster, Jesus, isn’t looking too pleased this morning, having had to wait so long on us, so we had better mind our ps and qs and sing a good song. (smile) 

As one, in perfect harmony now, let’s sing: ‘Oh Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe and all therein! We, your humble servants, praise your Holy Name and thank you that this Monday morning we have jobs to go to; jobs we don’t like, jobs that are unfair, difficult and even dangerous, but which serve a useful purpose here on earth; keeping lives and families together. 

We also thank you Father for the renewed vitality and enthusiasm you’ve wrought in our weary souls over the last two days. It’s that rejuvenation of Spirit which allows us now to sally forth with confidence into the evil, ungodly world that surrounds us, to begin a new week of work, constantly buffeted and bombarded by the enemy’s wicked taunts, wiles and lies. 

But heavenly Father, we’re not afraid, for we know we’re invincible, sure conquerors, once we’re wearing your powerful, protective spiritual armour. We surrender our all to you, and humbly ask that you let your incredible aura of LOVE, the Holy Spirit, lead and guide all your servants as we go out to meet the enemy in battle. 

Fill us with steadfast faith, so that we can make worthwhile inroads into the enemy’s ranks, and thereby further your glorious kingdom. We pray this in the Holy Name of your Son, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. AMEN!’ 

Now that wasn’t too bad Friends, except for a little croaking here and there. And I wonder if that’s because Jesus was serious all through it, with only a faint glimmer of a smile at the end. Hn! We do indeed show mucho wisdom when we don’t activate His wrath. (smile) 

Anyway, today we’re going to continue concentrating on the positive aspects of our faith; re giving thanks and praise to our mighty, and all powerful God. Our Bit spells it out in spades. ‘Praise ye the Lord (shout Hallelujah): Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.’ 

Yes my people, there’s nothing that warms the cockles of the Father’s heart and puts a big smile on His face like hearing us offer sincere praise and thanksgiving for all that He’s done, doing and promised to do for us. So let’s continue with the words of Psalm 148, fittingly titled – All creation to praise the Lord. 

‘Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished (established) them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.’ (Ps.148:2-6)  

Yes Friends, the psalmist is first calling all the heavenly beings and bodies to celebrate and praise our omnipotent God, who, having spoken them into existence, decreed that they last forever, and for that He deserves everlasting praise. 

Then the psalmist continues with the list of earthly beings and substances that ought to offer praise to Almighty God: ‘Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons and all deeps (sea creatures): Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:’ (Ps.148:7-10) 

Oh my people, what a vast and rather inspired imagination our God had, when He created such exotic creatures and beautiful things! 

Then the psalmist finally turns to God’s greatest creation, mankind. ‘Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent (exalted); his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn (strength or dominion) of his people, the praise of all his saints; even the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord (Hallelujah!)’ (Ps.148:11-14)  

Yes my fellow believers, as the scholars say: ‘Psalm 148: Since nothing in heaven above or on earth below is left out in this praise psalm, it may appropriately be designated as the psalm of universal praise.’ 

And believe me, ALL of God’s creation ought to lavish eternal praise on Him, especially His most wonderful creation, man! Why? Because He is such a wonderful, LOVING, magnificent, merciful, gracious, forgiving, awesome God, Creator and Provider!

So Friends, let’s display our heavenly wisdom by continually lavishing sincere praise on our heavenly Father nuh, because that’s what we were made for. Much LOVE!

… praise Him, praise Him…tell of His excellent greatness…praise Him, praise Him…ever in joyful song…