Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, All ye lands
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!
Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God. It is he who has made us, and not we ourselves (and we are His)!
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful and say to Him, bless affectionately praise His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting,
His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.
It is amazing what a thankful heart does for us.
This is a time when we look around and see so much pain. Personally all of us have issues with which we are dealing. Money issues, family issues, health issues, and issues concerning the state of the world.
But in the midst of the trouble, we can look to our God for help, refuge, and strength. He is our deliverer, our healer, and our provider.
As we begin to praise Him, we are reminded of all of these things. He makes a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He anoints our head with oil.
The joy, which is our strength, bubbles up within us. Our faith rises up and we begin to see the way out. God’s plan is coming forth.
I am so thankful today to our God and His faithfulness to us. He is the greatest!