Monday, October 21, 2013

Day 21: Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah

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I hereby proclaim this week (through Friday) to be Hallelujah Week!
{Google dictionary entry}

All the hymns I have picked for this week are just straight up praise for our God and Savior. It should be a marvelous week. We will meditate on His holiness and give Him the honor that is due to Him alone. Hallelujah, indeed! {hint, hint}

Anyone want to try to guess which hymns I have picked for this week?  ; )


This school year I have the great pleasure to teach the toddler Sunday school class at our church. I just have three students in my class, but they are about the cutest things you have ever seen! We've settled into a nice routine and they get so excited about every activity we do. They know that each week when I show them my Bible they are going to hear a story from God's Word. Every week we talk about how the Bible is God's true Word; it's not a pretend story. They know to find our Bible memory verse in a box decorated with shiny paper, sequins, and plastic gems to show that God's Word is a treasure for us. They can't wait for when they get to touch that verse in my Bible with their own finger.

One of my favorite parts of the morning (and theirs) is right after the Bible memory verse when we review our catechism questions:
  1. Q. Who made you? A. God!!!!!!!!!! {shouted as they jump up and point to the ceiling}
  2. Q. What else did God make? A. "Alllllllll fings"! {holding their arms out as wide as they will go}
  3. Q. Why did God make you and all things? A. For his own "gwory"! {that would be "glory" in toddler language}
I wish I had a recording of them -- it is so precious!

Working with these little ones reminds me that praising God is such a simple thing. He made me and everything else that has ever been made. It's all for His glory, and yet it gives me joy to praise Him.

But do I praise Him enough? Or am I too busy just moving from one urgent thing to the next?

When I see a beautiful sunset do I just thank Him for His wonderful gift or do I take time to praise Him for being such an awesome God whose glory is far above the earth and sky?

That's one of the beautiful thing about learning hymns -- they will always bring to mind the characteristics of God that make Him so praiseworthy. May these things always be on my mind!

Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah
Psalm 148: 1-13
Bible Songs Hymnal, 1927

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,
From the heavens praise his name.
Praise Jehovah in the highest,
All his angels, praise proclaim.
All his hosts, together praise him,
Sun and moon and stars on high.
Praise him, O you heav'ns of heavens,
And you floods above the sky.

Let them praises give Jehovah,
For his name alone is high,
And his glory is exalted,
And his glory is exalted,
And his glory is exalted,
Far above the earth and sky.

Let them praises give Jehovah,
They were made at his command.
Them forever he established,
His decree shall ever stand.
From the earth, O praise Jehovah,
All you seas, you monsters all,
Fire and hail and snow and vapors,
Storm wind that hear his call.

All you fruitful trees and cedars,
All you hills and mountains high,
Creeping things and beasts and cattle,
Birds that in the heavens fly,
Kings of earth, and all you people,
Princes great, earth's judges all,
Praise his name, young men and maidens,
Aged men, and children small.

1 comment:

  1. Giggling as I think about your Sunday school love love this song