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Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm —22 I admire Eagle Scouts. It was during a session on how to tie knots. Our scout leader gathered a group of guys, grabbed a rope, and begin instructing us on a few different approaches to tying it. I was bored out of my mind. I already knew how to tie my shoes, and I never imagined myself having to tie anything else.

Immature and juvenile as it was, I remember when the light bulb came on: I neither know how to do this nor care to learn. It was a deflating combination of ignorance and apathy.

It was precisely not what we see in Psalm And they are spoken, first, by a man to angels. It is astounding to consider this scene. David, a human being like you and me, gathers a group of angels, as it were, and begins to instruct them. Like us, he most likely had never seen these creatures before, and yet he starts instructing them.

He starts telling them what to do. Praising God is what these angels do. There is no ignorance or apathy here. David is telling them to do something that they were created to do, something they have always done, something they understand better than anyone.

So why? He wants us to bless God. He wants us to participate in that endless chorus of praise. All creation, everything that is not God, is meant to exalt God — to join God in delighting in himself, in his manifold perfections, his matchless beauty, his unending glory made known in Jesus Christ. Everything is meant to exalt God. The way birds fly and caterpillars crawl, the way the sun looks at dusk when the sky is painted orange and pink.

We are meant to exalt God. And so we will. With the angels, with all of creation, we say: I will exalt you. You are my God. My hiding place, my refuge and place of safety. My treasure, Lord, you are. I will exalt you! Scripture Psalm —22 "20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! We will sing and praise your power. Let your glory be over all the earth!

Holy is he!


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