Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament![a]
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
The biblical book of Psalms is a marvelous collection of faithful poetry. The words and verses in the Psalms can help our souls soar. As “the hymnbook of ancient Israel” we find instructions in the text for singing and presenting many of these pieces in worship. It is appropriate that many of our own hymns have been inspired by psalms. In the “Glory to God Hymnal”, the final biblical psalm (Psalm 150) is linked to over 2 dozen hymns. Let’s close out the book of Psalms as some of those songs set our own souls soaring in praise to God.
It is not surprising that the editors of the Glory to God Hymnal would suggest this Easter hymn as being connected with Psalm 150. This hymn is one of the great creations of praise penned by pastor and hymn-writer Charles Wesley. The repeated “alleluias” show us how to lift our voices in praise to God for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
God, in raising Christ from the dead You showed me the power and permanence of Your promises. You God, You have created, sustained, and saved me, and so as a part of “all creation, I join to say – Alleluia” – today and always. Amen.