148. Praise Him in the Highest Heavens!
Praise the Lord God!
Praise Him in the highest heavens,
all His angels, all His heavenly armies!
Praise Him, sun and moon!
Praise Him, shining stars!
Praise Him in the heaven of heavens,
and in the clouds above the sky!
Let everyone and every thing
praise the Name of the Lord God!
For He spoke, and they were all created.
At His order, they not only came into existence
but were established in their proper places
forever and ever!
The Lord God has made a command,
and it shall never pass away.
Praise the Lord God from the earth,
you serpents and all creatures of the deep!
Fire, hail, snow, ice, storms, winds –
you too must obey His words!
Praise Him, mountains! and you hills and fruitful trees –
and yes, even you too, cedars of Lebanon –
and you wild beasts and cattle, you reptiles and birds!
Praise Him, you kings, princes, judges and rulers!
Praise Him, you young boys and virginal girls,
and you old men and youths!
Yes, let them all praise the Name of the Lord God,
for His Name is more exalted than all others.
His praise is more important than anything else
in earth or heaven, for He shall raise
the fortunes of His people to the heights.
In that praise there is a hymn for all His saints,
including the children of Israel,
a people who draw close to Him.