Gay Christian Devotion
Psalm 150 (King James Version)
1Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 150 calls us to praise God for God's works and greatness. We are called to praise God with every form of musical instrument, with dancing and with singing. The last psalm is pure praise. There is no anguish of heart, no anger and no prayer request in this psalm. Just pure praise. Only pure praise. Somehow that seems appropriate for the last psalm, the last song.
We know we can sing this kind of a song, that we can sing and give God purse praise, because we know how the human drama will end. The last chapter of the Bible, Revelation 21, has a call and a blessing. The call, Revelation 21:7, "Let the thirsty ones come . . . and drink the water of life without charge . . ." (NLT). And the last verse of the Bible says that God's grace is with you. Because God's grace is with you, a queer child of God, you can praise the Lord.
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Pubisher, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, 60189. All rights reserved.