A Study of the Church: The People of God in Context – Day 6

Psalm 150:

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord in the holy temple;
praise God in the firmament of divine power.
Praise the Lord for mighty acts;
praise God for excellent greatness.
Praise the Lord with the blast of the ram’s-horn;
praise God with lyre and harp.
Praise the Lord with timbrel and dance;
praise God with strings and pipe.
Praise the Lord with resounding cymbals;
praise God with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the Lord.
Hallelujah!

Praise is an active verb!

Praise to Almighty God is remembering who God is,
who God in Christ Jesus is,
who the Holy Spirit of God is …
and then heeding the triune God’s calling on our own lives;
that is, responding to God’s freely given grace to us
with obedience, gratitude, and faithfulness.

Praise is recalling the righteousness and justice of God,
the steadfast love and faithfulness of God,
and then walking in the very light of the Lord’s countenance
praising the Lord, our God, and
extoling the Lord’s righteousness, justice, love, and faithfulness
all the day long.
(Psalm 89:14-16).

Praise is recalling with boldness the mission and ministry of Christ Jesus –
and then living out his calling on our lives to fulfill his tasks …

  • to bring good news to the poor,
  • proclaim release to the captives,
  • recover sight to the blind,
  • let the oppressed go free,
  • proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    (Luke 4:18-19)

… for the call of the Lord, our God – God Incarnate – is for us to

  • loose the bonds of injustice,
  • undo the thongs of the yoke,
  • let the oppressed go free,
  • break every yoke,
  • share our bread with the hungry,
  • bring the homeless poor into our homes,
  • cover the naked,
  • come out of the shadows and let our lights shine for all to see …
    • by the power of the Holy Spirit of God …

Then – our healing will spring up quickly
for the glory of the Lord will guard us and keep us –
the Lord will go before us and guide us …
and we will be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water whose waters never fail.

Then – we will become the foundation for our children,
our children’s children,
their children,
and generations to follow.

Then – we will be called repairers of the breach,
restorers of streets to live in.
(Isaiah 58:6-12)

We are the church – Christ’s body in the world.
We’ve been blessed with God’s grace by faith by God’s Holy Spirit.
We are called to respond with gratitude, obedience, and faithful fulfilling of Christ’s mission and ministry.

Notice the verbs that encompass giving praise to God:

  • bring, proclaim, recover, let, loose, undo, break, share, bring, cover, come out.

We are the church and we have work to do.
Let us praise God with our whole hearts, minds, and souls.
Let us praise God with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.
Let us praise God in thought, word, and deed.
Let us praise God!
Amen.

Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins