Sunday, September 2, 2012

Praise God!

Another good sermon today. I guess it's become my habit to write about the sermon quite often. Anyway, today's sermon was the last in a series Brad did on "Praying the Psalms." Today was the last Psalm in the book, Psalm 150.

At one point Brad said that many current theologians say that American religion has become moralistic, therapeutic and deistic. It's about what's right or wrong, it's about how it can help me feel better, and it's about the fact that there is a God out there. Hmm. That made me think of some of the stuff John Suk wrote about in his book, Not Sure, which I blogged about today in my other blog.

But mostly today's sermon was about PRAISE. He said Psalm 150 is unequivocal when it tells us to PRAISE GOD. It does not ask us how we feel about it, or talk about why we should do it, or how it benefits us. It just says, do it! Praise him because he is God, not me, and praise God for that!

It was a joyful service with communion, which is always a blessing, good singing, and some participation by children, which is always heartwarming. Brad had asked people to memorize a Psalm for this series and to let him know if we did it. Two little girls, sisters, learned Psalm 23 and recited it today. You can't get much more touching than that.

Psalm 150 
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

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