New King James Version (NKJV)
A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
A moment’s reflection:
As a young girl, I was required to memorize these verses in Sunday School. I haven’t attempted to recite them in decades. And yet today, for some reason, they resonated in my heart as I gazed upon the most glorious day in this sodden region of Oregon in a long time.
Did these words speak to me because it was a beautiful day? Because the sun shone high in a blue sky? Because we were able to work in the dirt and plant flowers and vegetables? Because we were celebrating a dear friend’s retirement?
No, most likely it was because the Lord has been good to our family in times of distress, financial hardship and sorrow. His mercy has covered us more times than I can count. Lastly, I’m sure it was because our mom taught us that His truth would last forever and reach to all who came into our family until the end of time.
and also over at Jumping Tandem with Diedra: