READ: Psalm 150
THINK: I’m always overwhelmed when I read the creation poem in Genesis 2, especially when I come to verse 7 and read that “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” God created us out of his own sense of artistry and creativity – forming us from the dust of the ground – and then literally breathed life into us. That’s phenomenal to think about. We are the voice and the imagination and the breath of God wrapped in skin. He spoke and dreamed and breathed and we came into being.
And that breath, breathed into humanity by our Creator at the very beginning, continues to sustain life in us today. On average, we breathe 18 times per minute, 1,080 times per hour, 25,920 times per day. Think about that for a minute. 25,920 times! That’s 25,920 gifts that God gives us every single day of our lives to sustain in us the life that he created us for. And it’s 25,920 opportunities to worship him for who he is and how phenomenally he created the world and how ridiculously he loves the world and how lavishly he blesses us.
Psalm 150 beings and ends with the word hallelujah. Hallelujah is the Hebrew phrase that gets translated “Praise the LORD.” And in the middle of these hallelujahs, the Psalmist urges us to praise God everywhere by every means for every blessing. And Psalm 150:6 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible – it is the perfect summary for the entire book of Psalms and the best ending imaginable: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Hallelujah!”
So the question for all of us today is this: what will we do with the 25,920 opportunities for worship that we have today? Will we ignore God and chase the world? Will we forget that we are fearfully and wonderfully made? Or that the breath that sustains our lives is literally the breath of God – breathed into us at the beginning? We can waste our lives away. And we can certainly waste our breath. But we are the voice and the imagination and the breath of God wrapped in skin and he loves us so much that he gave up his life to reconcile us. What’s not to worship!?!
PRAY: Today, worship God everywhere you are, with everything you’ve got, seizing every opportunity you have to do so. Let the word hallelujah – “Praise God our Yahweh” – define who you are today. Worship God in whatever way makes you feel most worshipful – prayer, songs, journaling. Humble yourself today before the Almighty King and worship him with all you’ve got.
What rich imagery…..Nothing is chance or coincidence….God’s richness is everywhere….