In this call to praise, the psalmist urges all of creation to join a universal chorus of thanksgiving. This is the psalm on which the hymn, All Creatures of Our God and King, is based and the repeated chorus is “Alleluia, Alleluia!”
Today, spend a few minutes outdoors and notice the sights, sounds, and scents around you. Close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. How is creation, functioning as it should in perfect balance, offering praise to the Creator?
During this Christmas week, especially when you feel stressed or pressured, find time to think of concrete ways you might praise God, even if it is just singing, “Alleluia, Alleluia!” What creative offering of praise can you make? This week, commit yourself to praise—whether it be through music, art, or acts of kindness.