Just wanted to share this thought as we, together as Oak Grove, begin the month of June.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!Psalm 150:6
The first and last psalms tell us a great deal about what God wants us to see and hear in all the psalms. The first is quoted much more often than the last:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,Psalm 1:1–2
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 1 tells us that the happiest and most fruitful people anywhere on earth and at any point in history, will be those who delight most in the words of God. The words of Psalms— and every other book in the Bible — are meant to be read slowly, wrestled with, and savored. And not just for a few minutes each day, but throughout the day. The psalm is an invitation into a rich and rewarding life of meditation.
If the first psalm tells us how to hear from God, though, the last psalm tells us how to respond. Humble, wise, happy souls let God have the first word, but encountering him eventually draws words out of them. Like the disciples, we “cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
How does God bring 150 psalms to an end? With a clear charge and refrain: “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
So, as we walk through the month of June together, let’s not neglect to spend time in God’s word or be stingy with our praise for our heavenly father.
May God bless each of you and your families,
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