There’s been a common theme in the psalms for daily Mass over the past week or so, and it’s one that bears reminding. From today’s psalm 149, I quote:
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches;
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
Praise is one of the greatest weapons we have against the enemy…and against ourselves. There’s no way anyone could praise God and stay in a bad mood. There’s no way anyone could praise God and feel sad. There’s no way anyone could praise God and stay angry. They plain just don’t go together.
The word “Praise” appears most frequently in the psalms, and it does so in two ways.
- First as an offering of thanksgiving, and adoration: “I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations … (Psalm 57:9)”, and
- Secondly, as a command: “Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created … (Ps 148:1-5).”
Let’s respond to the psalmist’s invitation and in all we think, say, and do today, let the high praises of God be in our throats!
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being! (Ps 146: 1-2) Anne