paying attention on a busy sunday

"The way the 148th Psalm describes it, praising God is another kettle of fish altogether. It is about as measured as a volcanic eruption...The whole of creation is in on the act—the sun and moon, the sea, fire and snow, Holstein cows and white-throated sparrows, old men in walkers and children who still haven’t taken their first step. Their praise is not chiefly a matter of saying anything because most of creation doesn’t deal in words...We learn to praise God not by paying compliments but by paying attention. Watch how the trees exult when the wind is in them. Mark the utter stillness of the great blue heron in the swamp. Listen to the sound of the rain. Learn how to say Hallelujah from the ones who say it right."

Frederick Buechner (h/t Artisan Vancouver Blog)

Psalm 148 - an alternative reading

1 Pay attention to the LORD.
pay attention to the LORD from the heavens;
pay attention to him in the heights above.

2 Pay attention to him, all his angels;
pay attention to him, all his heavenly hosts.

3 Pay attention to him, sun and moon;
pay attention to him, all you shining stars.

4 Pay attention to him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them pay attention to the name of the LORD,
for at his command they were created,

6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.

7 Pay attention to the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,

9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,

10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,

11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,

12 young men and women,
old men and children.

13 Let them pay attention to the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the attention of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Pay attention to the LORD.


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