Words from the Heart for Friday September 11th, 2020
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 150:6 (KJV)
Praise The Lord
In June 2019, the World Trade Organization released a report praising Canada’s successful and forward-looking approaches to trade and investment. The report also praised Canada’s stable economic performance and highlighted its trade-diversification efforts and strong growth during 2018. In the years between the 2015 WTO report and the 2018 one, Canada brought four free trade agreements (FTAs) into force. Since then, Canada has finalized other free trade agreements with Israel and the European Union, opening up greater export opportunities for Canadian businesses.
In 1225, St. Francis of Assisi wrote a hymn based on Psalm 150:6 that is still sung today. The Psalmist wrote this: “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” St. Francis took this verse, and wrote a hymn that speaks of all creation praising the Lord. We see the glory of our Creator in the bright yellow of the goldfinch and the majesty of the soaring eagle, in the massive size of the blue whale, and the incredible work of the honeybee. While the only breathing part of God’s creation that has the ability to express praise to the Creator in words is us, all of God’s creation praises Him by simply being the creature that God so perfectly spoke into being. God’s purpose in the world is to redeem mankind and renew His creation. By so doing, He brings glory to His name. In the meantime, all creatures, great and small, offer Him praise. If all who have breath do this, how much more ought we, who have experienced the redeeming power of Jesus Christ, praise Him in all that we say and all that we do.
These have been words from the heart.