1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the foreigner
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
10 The Lord reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if it were a hallelujah psalm. If every day began and ended for you in the praise of God. If the departure point of everything you did and the goal of every activity were to bring praise to God. Imagine what would happen to your work, your relationships, your home, your leisure time if all these things were enfolded in the praise of God and if you recognized in these things a beautiful opportunity to proclaim God’s praise. What would our world be like if all of us made praise of God our highest priority?
-Roger Scholtz, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015