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“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word;” (Psalm 148:7-8)

Those things created by the Lord do as they have been instructed to do.  The creatures of the deep listen to the One who made them.  We also are created beings but we rebel because we do not do as the Lord has commanded.  The invitation to all is to be whom the Lord made us to be and to join in praising the One through whom all things have their being.  The Lord is worthy of being praised.

Lord, teach me the part You desire I play in living this life You have given.  Guide me to do things the way You would have them done.  Help me now and always to see that in You alone is there hope for all living.  Help me to join in giving You praise by doing those things You give me to do willingly and with joy.  You are worthy of all praise and honor now and forever.

Come, Holy Spirit, and lift my spirit to join with You in praise and thanksgiving.  Guide me according to what is written by You in my heart that I would now and always abide in the goodness of Your being.  Teach me to be thankful and full of praise now and forever.  Teach me to both lift up my voice and proclaim with my life the goodness of Your grace and mercy.  Amen.