A Call to Praise

Inspired by Psalm 148
Deborah Beach Giordano
© April 21, 2013

Praise God!
Praise God from the heavens;
praise God in the heights!
Praise God, all heavenly angels;
praise God, all divine citizens!
Praise, sun and moon;
praise God, all you shining stars!
Praise God, you celestial spheres,
and all you heavens above!

Let them praise God’s holy name,
the One whose word gave them life.
The One who was there at the beginning,
who brought them into being,
with beauty and holy purpose.

Praise God all the earth,
you sea creatures and all waters,
every ocean, river, lake, and stream;
lightning and thunder,
hail, snow, frost, and sleet,
gale winds, sand storms,
and gentle breezes
give praise
by fulfilling God’s command.

Mountains and hills,
valleys and glens,
frozen peaks and green valleys,
vineyards and orchards,
deserts and forests
give praise!

Wild beasts and farm animals,
dogs and cats and birds and bees,
bats and rats and horses and hippos,
all that swims and flies
and walks and creeps and crawls
give praise!

Rulers and servants,
princes and paupers,
rich and poor,
women and men,
young and old
all together
give praise!

Let them praise God’s holy name,
the One whose word gave them life.
The One who was there at the beginning,
who brought them into being,
with beauty and holy purpose.

Let them praise God’s holy name,
in all they say and do,
let them praise God’s holy name
by living with beauty and holy purpose,
let their praise reach across the earth
and shine forth to the highest heavens.

God has lifted us up
with grace and power,
giving us strength
and cause for rejoicing.
Let all God’s people,
everywhere
praise God!

Amen.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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