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Symphony: I Lift My Hands

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 - 11:45 AM CST

Psalm 148 commands the entire universe to praise the Lord. From the heavens to the heavenly hosts, the sun and moon to the stars, the great sea creatures to the mountains and hills, and from plants and animals to every man and woman, the Psalmist says, "Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever-He issued a decree that will never pass away."

Louie Giglio brings Psalm 148 to life. Though this sounds weird in concept, Louie combines sounds from space and the ocean to show how the entirety of creation is singing in praise of its creator. In the percussion of a pulsar star, the strings of a globular cluster, and the horn-like sound of the whale's song combined with Chris Tomlin's "How Great is Our God," Louie presents a beautiful example of how God's creation is always in praise of Him.

If that doesn't give you chills, never fear - that's only the beginning. Louie's talk shows how, as we were made in the image of God, we are God's most valuable possessions, and He wants us in His symphony. Even though God has the whole universe praising Him, He will not rest until we, his greatest creation, are able to lift up our voices to Him.  We should take this as a challenge, using this talk to push us into seeking even harder after God and into praising God with all we have because, as Louie states, "I'm not gonna be out-worshipped by a whale."

Pros: Louie shows how we were created to praise God, and that's exactly what this sermon makes me want to do. Louie uses several illustrations to show how the universe is singing in praise, how God formed us as his most precious creation, and how our very natures show how we were made to praise God (You know how you throw your hands in the air at a concert or baseball game? It's our very nature to raise our hands in excitement; how much more should we be encouraged to raise our hands in praise of the Most High?). You can't help but be inspired to give God your all in praise after hearing this talk, and I encourage you to watch this video if only to be awestruck by the intricacy and connectedness of a universe in constant worship to God.

Cons: The only con I can think of is that I wish this video were so much longer!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


Authors: Katie Kempski

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