Lent Day 11

Day 11: Monday, 18 March

Psalm 103:19-end

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,

      and his kingdom rules over all.

 

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,

      you mighty ones who do his bidding,

      who obey his word.

21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,

      you his servants who do his will.

22 Praise the Lord, all his works

      everywhere in his dominion.

 

Praise the Lord, my soul.

NIV

The Psalm ends with an upturn of praise and a call for everyone to praise the God of heaven. Verse 19 is, however, a tough statement to take in. We may all agree that God’s throne is in heaven, but does his kingdom actually reign over all? There have been too many events of history that would disclaim this. Creeping secularism may suggest that the boundaries of the Kingdom are being pushed back.

Simple pre-logic will tell us that if God is God, then God is God. What we see does not change the truth. Should God raise his voice, the earth will melt away (Ps 46:6). At his presence the mountains melt like wax (Ps 97:5). Remember yesterday’s psalm? So, let’s praise God.

The last three verses are a doxology – a word of praise. Angels do it (we don’t need, of course, to tell them to!), all the heavenly armies do it. We should do it, too.

What do you think, looking at the last line of the psalm, soul-praise is?

What is going on in heaven at the moment?

North Korea is reckoned to be the most dangerous place to be a Christian today. Can God’s kingdom really be established there?

Father God, father of compassion and mercy, look upon this child of yours with your love, your grace and your mercy. I give you all that I have placed in our way for you to cast to the very ends of the cosmos. May my heart, my soul and my life be filled with praise, adoration and worship. Amen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUfyowttvmY&index=6&list=RDBc_vQngf_c8 – All Souls Orchestra with the composer.

Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version (Anglicised Edition) Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica (formerly International Bible Society). Used by permission of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers, a Hachette UK company. All rights reserved. "NIV" is a registered trademark of Biblica – UK trademark number 1448790.

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