Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Psalm 29:1-2 (NLT)
Every great story has a climax. It’s that pinnacle moment on which everything hinges. In ancient times when the Psalms were arranged in a one volume set, Psalm 29 was arranged to be the climax of the series of songs between Psalm 25 and Psalm 33. Psalm 25 through Psalm 28 are songs of prayer for God’s mercy. Psalm 30 through 33 are songs of praise for God’s rule. Psalm 29 is the climactic song of praise to the God of all creation.
Last night I watched the Olympics as our local girl, Gabby Douglas, won the gold medal for all around gymnastics. In the post event interview the first words out of her mouth were praise to God. This morning I woke to read Taylor’s final blog post from Uganda after a long summer there. Her heart was expressing praise and gratitude for all of the experiences and lessons they’ve learned.
Somedays, events and observations quietly melt into a life lesson. That’s what I’m experiencing this morning. The trinity of watching Gabby praising God, reading Taylor’s grateful blog post, and reading Psalm 29 remind me to make praise the climax of my day today.