Crank It Up!

Categories: Devotional,Psalms

Each of the last five psalms begins with a single word in Hebrew, “Hallelujah,” which is — “Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 148 begins that way, then marches through a range of created beings who praise the Lord, joining other things in creation that praise Him.

Angels praise the Lord, stars, deepest waters, sea creatures, mountains, hills, fruit trees, animals and cattle. The psalmist says all these “praise the Lord!” And, then, add to that list “young men and maidens, old men and children.”

We can be overgenerous on what or whom is worthy of praise. Stars in the heavens are not worthy of it—they are not worthy of guides for life, either. Angels, as spectacular as they are, are not worthy of adoration. Angels are just fellow servants.

Yet, everything God has made is designed to join in worship of Him. The Bible puts it like this: God is praised even by the “highest heavens.” And just below those heavens, praise even comes from the “waters above the skies.” So, in some God-sense, rain praises God.

Nothing in creation is exempt from the calling to bear witness to God, including plants and wildlife.

The grandest praise of all, however, goes to God from us, His human creation.

So, since God and all of creation is listening—crank it up!

Author: Toby Larson

Toby Larson leads Celebration International. He is a husband and father of 5. Whether he's teaching, hitting tennis balls, sailing a Hobie, serving in Asia, skiing on water or snow, Toby is passionate about the love of God and the love of life. Read more ...