Above Earth and Heaven
“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven” (Psalm 148:13, ESV).
Psalm 148 is a jubilant summons to praise. The angelic hosts (vv.1-2), the myriad forms of creation (vv.3-10) and finally all mankind (vv.11-12) are called to adoration in a rising crescendo of worship. The last verses highlight the reason for this praise: the majesty and mercy of God (vv.13-14). God’s greatness merits the praise of all that His has made—and especially of the people He has redeemed and made His own.
Worship is central to our purpose, the core of our existence. God is worthy; we are His creatures, made for His glory. In redemption we find not only a further reason for praise but the restoration of relationship so that our worship can be acceptable to God. May our lives reflect, and our words declare, the infinite greatness of our God.