1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights!
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Praise Him, all His angels;
praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon,
praise Him, all you shining stars!
Genesis 1:16-18a – And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.
4 Praise Him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Genesis 1:6-8a – And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For He commanded and they were created.
6 And He established them forever and ever;
He gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
8 fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Genesis 1:20-21a – And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.
9 Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Genesis 1:11-12a – And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind.
10 Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!
Genesis 1:24-25a – And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind.
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
Genesis 1:2b – And God called the expanse Heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for His people,
praise for all His saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to Him.
Praise the Lord!
This beautiful psalm of praise sidles up alongside Genesis 1 throughout. Each part of God’s creation comes forth to honor and praise the Creator.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Father, the Creator of All, You saw that all was good, even very good. I am so humbled that You even made me amongst all of the beautiful and incredible mountains and flowers and butterflies and beasts. You are such a beautiful One, the Holy One of Israel. You created and I deserve all the honor. I thank You. I love You, Father God. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus…Amen.
Graphic/Photo: Sweet to the Soul
Doxology: Words: Thomas Ken, 1674. These lyrics, sung as the Doxology in many churches, are actually the last verse of a longer hymn, Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun. Music: Old 100th, Genevan Psalter, 1551, attributed to Louis Bourgeois