Even the ChildrenMarch 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
Tags: children's church, commentary on Psalms, corporate worship, family worship, integrated family worship, praise and worship, praise the Lord, Psalm 148, Sunday School lessons on Psalms
Psalm 148 is a psalm which commands us to praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
In fact, it commands all of creation, the whole universe, to praise the Lord.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.
Kings and rulers, “ordinary people,” men and women, the young and old, all types of people are commanded to praise the Lord. This makes sense, but it is not limited to those with any sort of advanced understanding of how they are to worship. No one is exempt, regardless of maturity level or even sentient intelligence, for that matter. We would do well to remember this in our corporate worship services. There can be a temptation for those of a more advanced understanding to seek to eliminate the distraction of those who might not worship with the same mindset, decorum, or sophistication. However, it is clear that the Bible would not have us give in to this temptation. If even the seas, mountains, birds, and cattle can praise the Lord, how much more should we encourage our children to worship alongside us!
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Why should the Lord be praised by so inclusive a throng? Because:
Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.