1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. That means any creature that has life. Maybe we don’t think much about a chipmunk or squirrel praising God, much less a lion or blue jay. Yet they praise God by fulfilling their purpose for being, no less than any one of us.
Can we praise God by using any talent we have received? Absolutely. Just as a musician may praise God through his or her musical skill in whatever instrument is played – trumpet or cymbals, harp or piano. Do you have a gift of compassion or understanding? Use it for God. A gift of using numbers and making budgets? That works too. Whether a good business sense or a good artistic talent, whether in teaching or service or medicine, anything we do may give praise to God. We just have to decide to use that skill, that profession or gift for God.
We can give praise to God wherever we are – in his sanctuary or out in the world. We can praise God for his power or by allowing God to work through us. Any place, any situation, any gift, any breath – at any time we may praise God as we fulfill God’s purpose in us.
Thank you, Lord, for whatever good you have placed within me, any strength or skill that allows me to give glory to you. Let me offer these gifts back to you, to be used for your purposes. May this day be a testimony of praise to you in whatever I do. But I need you, Lord, to accomplish your will, for apart from you I can do nothing. Work within me to the glory of your name. This I pray in Jesus Christ. Amen.