“Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
and makes them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
Last night was graduation from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I stood with my fellow graduates thankful for God’s faithfulness to all of us for seeing us through our seminary training–for me as a deaconess and the rest as future pastors. We serve the Lord our God who does the impossible for the poor, the needy and the barren. Just as we have been raised up and made to bear fruit by the power of the living God through the Holy Spirit we give thanks and praise to the Lord our God. Who is like Him?
No one even comes close!
Lord God, thank you for the privilege of being called your servant. Have mercy on me and grant me grace to faithfully serve and love others in Your most Holy Name. For Jesus’ sake I pray, Amen.