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At His Command – Daily Scripture Reading

Daily Scripture

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord. – Psalm 148

Daily Devotional

Today’s Devotional was written by: Katie Hemness

When I was 17 (and up to about 28 if I’m being honest), I was struggling with figuring out, not just who I was as a person, but who I was in Christ. I had always had the urge to create. I didn’t always have the ability but I always wanted to try. I loved to write poems from a young age, I would make my family sit and watch little skits I have put together, I loved looking at art, I loved seeing theatre, I loved everything about creativity and what it could make.

However, about this time was my first encounter with a God-doesn’t-really-like-art-or-artists Christian. I was doubting my love of it and doubting myself. Then I found this psalm. I hadn’t read much of Psalms and this changed my viewpoint. This was pure poetry, written to give praise. And it highlighted everyday and not-so-everyday things. I felt comforted but I also felt reaffirmed. Art wasn’t Godless and the love of it wasn’t an anathema to the Spirit. To CREATE reflects the CREATOR and all art can praise his name, even without the artist knowing it.

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