“Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship.” Psalm 150
Psalm 150 is a doxology, which is a means to use words to praise God, especially for creation and our salvation. Doxologies are commonly used in worship services when the offering is received or to conclude worship.
Today I’m thinking of some non-verbal responses to God’s love and amazing grace, such as:
• A smile. Smile at a baby and see what happens. After a month or so, a newborn will begin to smile back and make your heart swell.
• Shedding tears. I give praise and honor to God when I cry at parades, when a child is lost and returned to his parent in Wal-Mart, and when I see a baby or adult baptized. It’s okay to be a crybaby in praise of God.
• An explosion of applause. Even in my conservative church, frequently the Spirit moves the congregation to applaud following an anthem or solo. Think of that… clapping in church! Oh, yeah, God must be tapping his toes and clapping his hands, too.
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. Amen.
[words by Thomas Ken, 1674]