Day 87 | Cameron Garrett

“Praise the Lord…
Praise the Lord” (NIV 149:1 & 9)
“Praise the Lord…
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Praise the Lord” (150: 1 & 6)

The end. Our summer spent in the psalms is over.

Over the course of the next day or two, I encourage you to spend some time with these, our last two psalms. Choose a quiet place. Put your phone somewhere else, out of reach and sight. Before you enter into the text, inhabit a moment or two. Close your eyes and breathe. Recognize that you live in sacred time and space. That each embodied moment is full of divine communion. Slow down. Breathe.

When you’re ready, open yourself up to our last two psalms; take time and care with each line.

“Praise God in his sanctuary;
Praise him in his mighty heavens” (150:1)

Our psalm opens with praise “in his sanctuary.” Remember that time itself is God’s sanctuary. Breathe. Remember that we are not merely in the world. We are of the world as we are of God. Remember that Christ takes sanctuary in you, that each breath is full of his spirit. Breathe.

“Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
Praise him with the harp and the lyre,
Praise him with timbrel and dancing,
Praise him with the strings and pipe,
Praise him with the clash of cymbals,
Praise him with the resounding of cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Praise the Lord” (150:3-6).

Consider that every moment of every day is an opportunity for worship, an opportunity to affirm it all, suffering and joy, life and death, the beginning and the end. Consider that each beat of your heart resounds like the clang of cymbals into the beloved creation of which you are intimately a part. Breathe. Friends, may we live in a posture of everlasting worship. May we all live lives of love and risk.

Praise the Lord.

Amen.



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