Psalm 148:14 “He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.”
This psalm calls for all creation to praise the Lord. How the sun and the moon praise Him or mountains and hills praise Him I’m not sure. They are amazing reflections of God’s creativity and glorify Him by their very existence. But for mankind one of the most remarkable ways to praise Him is with our voice.
In the beginning He created man and woman in His image. As Jesus is the Word made flesh so we reflect that image. The Lord spoke the word and it was done. Jesus spoke the word and people were recreated whole. We can speak the word and people will be made whole and healed. And it is this wonderful distinctive between the animal kingdom and us that lauds Him on high.
Our verse says that He has raised up a horn for His people, the praise of all His saints. This horn is our Lord, Jesus. Horn in the Hebrew language meant strength or rays of light. The root means to shine. The horns are indicative of the strength of an animal such as a deer or an elk. In rutting season the bulls will lock horns in a battle of supremacy for the right to mate with the cows. But this strength of ours is One who shines in the darkness. He sets the captives free, gives sight to the blind, releases the oppressed and makes the lame walk.
Hebrews 13 verse 15 says: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Jesus suffered to make us holy through His own blood. No longer do we need to sacrifice year after year with animals that cannot take away our sin. It is finished through the precious blood of Jesus. No more animals, no more blood sacrifices, no more guilty consciences! We are free through His sacrifice once and for all. In response to this the word tells us to offer a sacrifice of praise. Sacrifice in the Eucharist means an act of thanksgiving.
All that the Lord has done in redeeming creation through the sacrifice of Jesus should evoke an effusive act of thanksgiving on our part. Let us join with creation and praise the Lord our God for all that He has done.
Prayer: “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”