Read Psalm 148
Focus on verse 13
What does it mean to be worthy of praise? I have used that phrase in the context of an extraordinary work of art. I can imagine describing a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico as “worthy of praise” but I’m not certain that it would be appropriate usage of the phrase. As I consider this a little more closely, it seems out of place to praise an object that has been created by creator. When we praise a piece of artwork, are we not really praising the artist? When we praise a beautiful sunset, are we not praising the creator of the sunset?
It would seem the psalmist has it right once again in today’s reading when he writes; Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For his name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven. (Psalm 184:13)
In the grand scheme of things, it would seem that while you or I may occasionally do something that is worthy of praise, there is only One who is consistently worthy of praise in everything He does. In fact, He does not have to do anything to be worthy of praise. God is worthy of praise just because of who He is. It is therefore, entirely proper for us to praise Him at any time, for any reason. One might even go so far as to suggest that it would be improper for us not to praise Him.