Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sing to God, Everyone and Everything!

From The Message, here is 1 Chronicles 16:23-33. After David became king over Israel he had the Ark of the Covenant returned to Jerusalem. This passage is part of David's psalm of thanks on that occasion. It is fitting for our celebration of Thanksgiving and ends with a promise that we'll think more about during the Advent season: "He's on his way to set things right!"

Sing to God, everyone and everything!
Get out his salvation news every day!
Publish his glory among the godless nations,
his wonders to all races and religions.
And why? Because God is great -- well worth praising!
No god or goddess comes close in honor.
All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense,
but God made the cosmos!
Splendor and majesty flow out of him,
strength and joy fill his place.

Shout Bravo! to God, families of the peoples,
in awe of the Glory of the Strength: Bravo!
Shout Bravo! to his famous Name,
lift high an offering and enter his presence!
Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness!

God is serious business, take him seriously;
he's put the earth in place and it's not moving.
So let Heaven rejoice, let Earth be jubilant,
and pass the word among the nations, "God reigns!"
Let Ocean, all teeming with life, bellow,
let Field and all its creatures shake the rafters;
Then the trees in the forest will add their applause
to all who are pleased and present before God
-- he's on his way to set things right!

Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H Peterson

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