Today, in the Final Four (Psalm 147-150) we witness a tie at the finish line. Twice in a row even, between the same.
Life is the track, praise is the finish line, and we, of two minds, race ourselves. We run the race between the praise due to God from his people and our desire for all people everywhere to praise God.
Our passion for one is just as strong as our zeal for the other. Neither surpasses the other in our heart; we want both to “win.” And here in the Psalms, they do. What a glorious tie!
This morning: Psalm 147-148.
“He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.” (147.19-20)
“Praise the Lord from the earth … kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.” (148.7,11-12)
This evening: Psalm 149-150.
“Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.” (149.2)
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (150.6a)
Father God, may your people ever be a light, not a hindrance, to all the peoples of the earth. And may all the peoples of the earth ever seek you and come to find you, praising you with your people. Amen.