The Grand Finale
God is worthy of all praise from all people, whether rich or poor, old or young, men or women, for His Son died to redeem sinners and is coming again to reign forever.
Today’s reading: Psalms 148-150; I Corinthians 11:16-34
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! 12 Young men and maidens together, old men and children!
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. Psalm 148:11-13
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
The Book of Psalms ends with a grand finale of praise to God. The writers have taken us through the valley of the shadow of death, described unimaginable agonies of body and soul, and cried out to God, “How long?” But now in this last section of five psalms, we break through all the darkness and emerge into the unclouded day of God’s majesty, power, and glory.
In this sense, the Psalter reflects our present life as well as our expectant hope for the joy that we will know when the Kingdom of God comes in all its fullness. Meanwhile, we walk by faith with our fellow believers in the Church Militant, that is, the Church here on earth awaiting the return of our Lord and King.
Paul guides the Corinthians who struggle with a number of problems while waiting for the Lord’s coming. They practice the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, but fail to observe it in reverence. They desecrate it, making it a food fight. He rebukes them for their behavior and warns them that if they turn it into a gluttonous, drunken party they incur the judgment of God. In fact, he says, some have died already as a judgment of God on their sacrilege. There is a place for satisfying our legitimate need for food and drink, but it is not in the worship of God through the supper which Jesus gave to His disciples.
There are limitless ways in which we may praise God every day, in the mundane responsibilities of domestic life, in our work, in our driving, in our kindness and courtesy to others. Praise Him today whether you are in formal, corporate worship with His people, or in the trenches of every day existence. Praise Him for the cross of Jesus Christ, and praise Him for His promised coming in glory. It could be today, so be warmed up to sing His praise in the grand finale of victory.