By: Steve Negley

Posted: July 15, 2022

Category: Daily Devotional

Some people claim that our order of worship comes from the story of the call of the prophet Isaiah, recorded in Isaiah chapter 6. We find elements of confession, assurance of pardon, a message, and a call to action all included in that story. And the opening sequence has all in attendance (Isaiah and the heavenly creatures) praising God.

In a Reformed worship service (Presbyterian and other churches in our tradition) we open with a hymn of praise. We are encouraged to praise God in our worship right there in ancient Israel’s song book, the Book of Psalms:

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament![a
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!


Let my first act of obedience each day be in my offering praise to you, O God. As I am one of those who breathes, let me praise the Lord! Amen.