St. Jude’s Church
Our Hope and Expectation
Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2020
by The St. Jude’s Writers
Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Everything on earth, Praise the Lord!
Reading: Psalm 148
Scripture: “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created. He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.” (Psalm 148: 5 & 6)
Reflection: In today’s reading, the psalmist summons all of creation to praise God. He enjoins fire, snow, hail and fog, sun, moon and stars in his overture of praise to the Almighty. He instructs mountains, hills, fruit trees and cedars, in the acknowledgement of praise, and then, after speaking to wild animals, cattle. creeping beasts and flying birds, he invites humankind to join the chorus. But, is it normal for us to proffer recognition and ranking to the cattle, to wood and to the sun, ahead of humans?
In praise, we are all equal. In the true act of praise, we join with everything else, angels, archangels, all on earth and all that is in heaven. In praise, we are all equal; humankind is not any more special, we are all part of God’s great and wonderful creation. The vanity of thinking otherwise is often a source of distraction for us humans.
As far as the psalmist is concerned, every single thing that is part of creation has a duty to praise God. Why? Because it was at God’s command that they were created, and we are therefore all a part of the tapestry of His great and wonderful handiwork. So, with that reality, the psalmist need not make any distinctions as to how or when or ranking. The instruction is simply: “Praise the Lord”. The praise, however, must be sincere, from deep within us, from the core of our being.
We refer to these days as stormy, challenging and difficult ones that provide strange and unwelcome changes to our routines which, in turn, affect the time we physically spend with our loved ones. For many, it also impacts our jobs and recreation. A perfect storm, pushing us on every side and in every sphere, as reference in verse 8 in which the psalmist speaks of the stormy wind. But, it affords us more time with ourselves and with God. More time to praise Him for His continued goodness to us. Despite the storm, in the midst of the storm, we can praise God.
Meditation: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea, (CPWI Hymnal #211)
Prayer: Most High God, open our lips, so that our tongues may sing Your praise. Keep us close throughout the storm and darkness of the present day, so that we may be renewed in You. Amen.
St. Jude’s Church
Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
29 December 2020