Sermon for August 5th, 2018
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
The Last Psalm
A woman goes to her pastor one day concerned about her two pet parrots. “Pastor, I have a problem.” She says. “My parrots talk, but the only thing they ever say is ‘Hey cutie, wanna have some fun?’ I don’t know what to do.” “Don’t worry,” replies the pastor. “I myself have two male parrots who always pray and read their bible. I think they can turn your parrots around.” So the next day, the woman brings her parrots over to her pastor's house and both her birds are placed in the pastor's bird cage. Upon seeing the two male parrots, the woman’s parrots say, “Hey cutie, wanna have some fun” The pastor’s parrots look at each other and say, “Praise the Lord! Our prayers have been answered!"
We've spent the entire summer talking about prayer, the psalms, and praising the Lord. Today, our sermon series comes to an end, and fittingly we're looking at the very last psalm in the book of psalms, psalm 150. It is a Psalm of praise, just like Psalm 117 (the shortest psalm) and like most psalms of praise, it begins and ends with "Praise the Lord" or in Hebrew, "Hallelujah!"
- Psalm 1 and Psalm 150 as bookends. Moving from obedience to adoration, from seeking wisdom to finding love.