Today's Lectionary Text
Psalm 145:1-5I will exalt you, my God and King,
and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day;
yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness.
Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
and your wonderful miracles.
“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” You probably couldn’t read these beautiful words by Louis Armstrong, you probably had to sing them, just as I did as I typed them. These words ring so true for this Midwestern girl because, it is such a blessing living in this part of the country. I’ve lived in southeast Nebraska, central Nebraska, and now northeast Kansas, but have seen many parts of both states, and there hasn’t been a part of them that hasn’t been beautiful. To see lush green fields of corn and soybeans; the amber waves of wheat before the harvest; the beautiful rust color of the milo; the flat fields along the Platte River as the Sandhill Cranes land in the fields; the Flint Hills in north central Kansas dotted by cattle; the clear blue skies; or the churning of the storm-filled skies. You might be able to picture each of these in your mind even without looking at a photo of them.
I’ve then been blessed to do some travel, and seen the mountains in Alaska, covered with glaciers. Have seen the very peak of Mount Denali barely peek above the clouds; the amazing Smoky Mountains on the way to North Carolina; the many lakes in Minnesota; the cactus filled desert in Arizona. Maybe you have seen New England changing color in the Autumn or Niagara Falls cascade over her wall; or the vast Grand Canyon; or the majestic Rocky Mountains. As you can see, the list goes on, and on, and on, and to think that these are just a few of God’s amazing creations just in the United States!! Consider all the wondrous land formations, planets, stars, the sun and the moons … all created at the hand of God.
As we read today’s Psalm, the passage is about praising God’s greatness. The psalmist is exalting and is praising God, for no one can measure his greatness! We may not be a psalmist, but we certainly can be exalting and praising God for his greatness in our very own ways! Maybe you sing your praises to him! Or do you thank him for the glorious sites you see? Do you share photos with others and give glory and praise to God? I don’t think God expects us all to be eloquent speakers (remember… Moses didn’t want to speak -- he wanted Aaron to be his spokesman!), however, he does love to hear us praise and worship, to give thanks and to praise him, and to pray!
So, the next time you see something that takes your breath away, remember who gave you that breath, and give him thanks and praise for his majestic, glorious splendor, and his wonderful miracles.
Prayer for Reflection
Thank you, God, for your amazing creations of the earth, and all that is in it. Open our eyes that we may see and appreciate all the splendor that is in front of us each and every day. May we not be afraid to give glory and to give praise to you. And as we go through our busy days, may we always have on our hearts a little tune that tells us, “yes, I think to myself…what a wonderful world.” In your amazing name we pray, Amen.
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