Friday, May 31, 2013

Short Vacation!

Just to let everyone know - I will be gone on a short vacation, but will plan to be back with a new devotion on Thursday, June 6th, the Lord willing!

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Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words!

God Bless You,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Praise God!

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, King James Version)

Praise God!

Today we complete an in-depth series of devotions on the Psalms called, "First Love," which we began on November 10, 2010. For two and a  half years we have been immersed in the Psalms, and what an incredible journey it has been. It is fitting that the Psalms end with this glorious Psalm of praise, calling us to praise God in everything we do and say.

We are to praise God when we are in His house of worship, praise Him as we behold His power in all of creation, praise Him for the mighty acts He has done on our behalf, and praise Him for His greatness. We are called to praise Him with musical instruments, with the timbrel and dance, and even on the loud cymbals. Then, not only mankind, but everything that has breath is called to praise the Lord!

It is fitting that we acknowledge our great God and Creator in everything we think, do, and say, for what is there in life that is ours apart from Christ? Apart from Christ we are lost and condemned, but with Him we have an eternal hope that affects every area of our life here on this earth as well as our life in eternity.

What is of more importance? Nothing! Nothing compares to the state of our souls, for everything that we accomplish on this earth is nothing if we are lost. Only in Christ do we reap eternal rewards.

Just think of the many famous people whom we revere. Think of the many people who shaped the birth of our countries--the very lives we live today are a result of what they began. Yet, what is that to them if they never knew the Lord. They may be great heroes in our history books, but if they are not with Christ, they are certainly not "eternal" heroes.

Think, again, of those who have lived and died of whom we know nothing. What of the poor, the ordinary, the common people whose names will never appear in a history book? If they were believers in Christ, they are now rejoicing at the feet of Jesus. Truly, they are the only true heroes!

As we go about doing the things that occupy us from day to day, let us truly praise God, for He, alone, has done great and wondrous things. Apart from Him, we are nothing, but with Him we have and are everything!

Go, then, in the strength and power of the Lord, and praise God in all you think, do and say!

God Bless You,

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Two-edged Sword

5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
 6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
 7To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
 8To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
 9To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 149:5-9, King James Version)

Two-edged Sword

As we near the end of our series of devotions, First Love, we come upon a rather interesting section in Psalm 149. We are reminded by the psalmist that the Christian life is a two-fold life, or as the psalmist put it, a two-edged sword.

On the one side we saints of the Lord are encouraged to be joyful--singing aloud upon our beds. And why not? Look at the abundant ways God has blessed us. Beginning with salvation itself, God has bought us, through the blood of His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God keeps us by His continual watch care over us all of the days of our lives upon this earth. But our Christian life does not end there, for there is another side to the sword.

Just as God has provided a wondrous salvation to His people, so, too, He executes justice and vengeance upon those who do not love and follow Him. When one considers the great price that Christ paid to purchase salvation for us, though none of us deserve such love, one has to shudder to think of what is coming for those who reject such an amazing offer.

None of us deserves salvation, and left to ourselves, all of us would find a terrible end. No matter how glorious this earth might be, is it worth the pleasures of this world to face an eternity without God? This is not a subject we like to think about, but God has certainly made it very clear in His Word. The end for those who reject Christ is a terrible end, indeed!

Yet, even the judgment of God brings glory to Him. Salvation is a gift--a gift that no one is able to earn, but the rejection of that gift brings eternal consequences. Even in our court systems of this world, we understand the concept that punishing criminals is a way of providing justice for the victims. God would not be righteous if wickedness remained unpunished.

As believers, let us remember that two-edged sword as we seek to bring glory to God by living faithfully for Him. Let us remember that what He commands is not optional, but by His grace, should become our rule for life. It is true that we will never be apart from sin while still in this world, and that is a great grief to us. However, when we come before Christ with a repentant heart, He is always ready to forgive.

It is truly more than we can comprehend, and certainly more than we deserve. Let us praise, honor, and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ who is never without His two-edged sword!

God Bless You,

Monday, May 20, 2013

Beautify the Meek

2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
 3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
 4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. 
(Psalm 149:2-4, King James Version)

Beautify the Meek

In Psalm 149, the psalmist said that the Lord takes pleasure in His people, and that He will beautify the meek with salvation. What an awesome phrase: beautify the meek with salvation. When you think of it, that is more that we can possibly comprehend. God of all gods, who is higher than the heavens, looks down upon this sinful and lowly generation and points to this person and that person--and beautifies them with salvation.

None of us deserves God's hand of grace which plucks us from the fiery brands of sin and plants our feet upon His solid ground of righteousness. There is nothing in us which would make us worthy of God's love and grace, and yet He bestows such blessing upon His children. How should we respond?

As the psalmist encouraged us, our only response should be one of praise and glory to His holy name. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. In other words, in every thing we do and say, let us praise the name of the Lord. Whether we are at work, home, or away from home, all of our actions and words should offer praise to this amazing God who has done such a great work in our hearts and lives.

Though this psalm is directed to Israel, yet we, as God's people, should understand two things. First, God grants this same blessing and grace to all of His people. Second, just as Israel wandered from God and served the gods of the neighboring nations, so we should not take God for granted. Neither should we take our faithfulness for granted. As Israel fell, so could we wander away from the Lord.

Let us pray that we would not only serve, praise, and honor the Lord our God today, but that we would continue to be faithful to Him all of the days of our lives. Let us also teach our children and our grandchildren, praying that God would faithfully bless them as He has most certainly blessed us. Let us not think that we have the ability to keep ourselves faithful to God, but, rather, let us pray that He will keep us strong in Him. By His grace are we saved, and by His grace are we kept faithful to Him!

What an amazing God we serve.

God Bless You,

Friday, May 17, 2013

New Song!

 1Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. 
(Psalm 149:1, King James Version)

New Song!

The Psalmist entreats us to praise the LORD and sing a new song. It is interesting to note that music often seems to be the lifeblood of a society. This is so much the case, that each new generation seems to come up with a new sound in music that they claim to be distinctly their own sound.

The Psalmist, understanding the value of music even to the depths of our souls, commands us to sing a new song. After all, coming to Christ and living for the Lord demands that old things pass away--everything we do, think, and say, especially as new believers is new! Why not, then, encourage believers to sing a new song as well?

Music can be a rather sensitive subject in churches in our day. Some churches only sing psalms, some only sing the old hymns, and some only sing contemporary Christian music. How do we know what is right? The thing to consider, at least in this devotion, is not the rightness or wrongness of the music itself, but the idea that we are to be singing praises to our God. I find it noteworthy that God has allowed, yes, even ordained, that we live in a time when one has a choice.

If we are convinced that psalm singing is the only way to worship the Lord, there are churches today that follow that teaching. If we think the old hymns should be sung, we certainly have that choice as well. Thirdly, if we love contemporary music, there are many churches that use contemporary Christian music in their worship services. We have no excuse, at least from the perspective of our convictions concerning music; God has provided a great variety, as well as a great many denominations, which profess to teach and believe the Bible.

In the end, it is important that our guide for living the Christian life is God's Holy Word. Many ideas are presented as to how to interpret that Word, but we must be very careful that we do not follow a "group," but rather, follow the Lord! Man, as is always the case, looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart.

When God looks upon your heart, what does He see? That really has been the basis of all of these Psalms devotions, for we have been considering, for over 2 years now, our First Love. How doe we worship, love, and serve God, our First Love?

Go, then today, and sing a new song to the Lord, whether it be a psalm, a hymn, or a contemporary Christian song--sing praise to the Lord with all your being!

God Bless You,

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Out of this World

7Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
 8Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
 9Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
 10Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
 11Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
 12Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
 13Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
 14He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 148:7-14, King James Version)

Out of this World

As we finish Psalm 148, we note that the Psalmist continues his great Psalm of praise to the Lord God. Calling the sea creatures, fire, hail, snow, rain, and wind, as well as mountains, hills, trees, beasts, creeping things, and flying fowls, and ending with kings of the earth and all people to praise God, he says, Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Being creatures of this earth, we do not often think in God's realm, but His realm is literally out of this world!

Though He maintains our world, God is not limited by our world as we are limited. Oh, we may have made great strides in our space exploration, but what is that compared to God who created it all? Stars that we cannot even yet see are already named by God! He knows every star, every planet, and even every comet that exists now, has ever existed, or will exist in the future.

It is good for us to take some time to think on these things, for we are so consumed by our every day lives, that we do not often take the time to step back and look at the bigger picture. Truly, we are but the dust of the earth in the eyes of God. All of our supposed greatness pales to nothingness in comparison to our great and truly awesome Creator God!

The Psalmist calls us all to praise the Lord, yet how seldom, except maybe in a worship service, do we actually take the time to just praise God for all He is and all He has done on our behalf. Why is this? Perhaps we view ourselves as being too busy. Just imagine, we are too busy to take the time to praise our great and wondrous God who has done so much for us.

Regardless of our political views, would we be too busy to take the time to visit with the leader of our country. If we received word that he or she was coming to our house to visit with us, would we send our hurried excuses? Would we claim to be too busy? Yet that is often what we do to God.

I would challenge each of us to take 5, 10, or even 15 minutes of quiet, alone time to just praise God. If we find that we cannot think of enough things to say, and yet there is still time left, how about just quietly pondering God's great and awesome nature? If we believers would seriously set aside 5 minutes a day to just praise God, it would change our lives forever!

God dearly loves to fellowship with His children. That quiet time would become so precious that we would find ourselves neglecting all else just to have that time with our Lord. Yes, God is not like us; He is truly out of this world, because He is above this world in every way we can imagine.

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Creation's Praise

 1Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
 2Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
 3Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
 4Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
 5Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
 6He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. 
(Psalm 148:1-6, King James Version)

Creation's Praise

It is fitting, as we near the end of this series of devotions called, "First Love," that the Psalmist calls all of creation to praise God. We do not often think about creation's praise to God, but we are reminded that not only do the angels praise God, but so do the sun, moon, stars, heaven of heavens, and even the waters above the heavens.

We think of praise as belonging to man, or maybe even men and angels, but we do not think of inanimate things, such as the trees, flowers, and mountains, praising God. Yet they do! Just by their very existence they bring praise to our great Creator who has given us such lavish and extraordinary beauty and abundance. From the tiniest of cells only visible through a microscope to the highest of the mountains on this earth, we are struck by the great diversity and beauty of God's creation.

Why? Why did God create such diversity? He created such diversity out of His great love for man. Not only did He create man, but He created an extraordinary world in which to place man, giving him the command to take care of it, and take dominion over it.

It is interesting to note, that whether man ever gives the honor and praise due to the Lord, the creation knows its Creator. The birds sing praise to God, the fish of the sea glory in Him, the sun, moon, and stars, manifest His glory, and even the smallest of creatures cry out to Him in their time of need.

How can we, as mankind do any less? How can we live in this world day after day and not see the glory of God revealed, not only in His great creation, but also how can we not see the millions of ways in which He is constantly watching over us and caring for us? As His children, how can we not see the ways He constantly cares for our souls, and keeps us from the power of Satan which would devastate us in a moment, but for the continual watch care of our great God and King.

So, like the angels, the sun, moon, and stars, the heavens of the heavens, and the waters above the heavens, let us praise the name of the Lord, for He has established us forever; He made a decree which shall not pass!

God Bless You,

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Showed His Word

 19He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
 20He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD. 
(Psalm 147:19-20, King James Version)

Showed His Word

Tucked in these last few verses of Psalm 147 are some rather profound thoughts! The Psalmist tells us that God showed His Word unto Jacob, His statutes and judgments unto Israel. He then continued to state that God has not done so with any other nation. As a matter of fact, no other nation has known God's judgments.

Let us think for a minute about the implications of these statements, and then think about what they mean to us now in the 21st century. As we study our Bibles, we understand that, beginning with Abraham, God set apart the Jewish nation for Himself. For centuries, even as the descendants of Abraham became as numerous as the sands upon the seas, and the stars in the sky, God dealt almost exclusively with Israel. To Israel He showed His blessing and favor. As they, as a nation, remained obedient to Him, they experienced untold blessings. However, when they rejected Him, He finally brought judgment upon them.

Yet, even in God's judgments, He nurtured and guided His people with an ever abounding love. Their final rejection, however, of Christ as their Messiah, opened the door for the Gospel to go forth to all nations. God, however, is still not done with the nation of Israel. The time will come, at the end of days (which appear to be upon us), when God will again bestow His great and awesome blessing upon His chosen people. They will return to Him in droves, as He reveals to them that Jesus Christ truly was and is their Messiah.

What of those of us who are not of Jewish descent? Since the time of the apostles, God has opened the door of salvation to all nations, for truly there is salvation in none other than in Christ the Lord. As God opens the hearts of people, and they see their need of salvation in Christ, He opens His arms to them. Just as God showed His Word to the ancient Israelites, so does He show His Word to those who become His children today.

How can we respond to such an awesome God? We can only respond in humble thanksgiving, for there is no salvation apart from Him.

Let us then praise this God who has loved us so much that He sent His only Son to purchase a people for Himself. As God's children, let us pray for grace and strength to live each day in His service, rejecting the things of this world, and embracing our wondrous Lord and Savior. In Him, alone, is all peace, all joy, and all comfort!

God Bless You,

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Creation's Power

 15He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
 16He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
 17He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
 18He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 
(Psalm 147:15-18, King James Version)

Creation's Power

Who is a God like unto our God, where creation's power is manifest again and again. What is man in the face of God, for man has no power over God's creation. Yet God just speaks and creation obeys His will!

The Psalmist, in these verses from Psalm 147, marvels at God's amazing hand upon this world He has created. God sends forth His commandment upon the earth, and His the entire earth quickly responds. God sends the show, scatters the hoarfrost, and sends blasts of ice that none can withstand. Just as quickly, at His word the snow and ice melt, the wind blows, and the waters flow.

It seems that we are much more aware of God's hand upon this earth in the springtime. After a hard, cold winter, that just did not seem to want to quit, the refreshing warmth of the spring sunshine is a welcome relief. Then, as the flowers burst forth in their glorious beauty and abundance, and the blossoms break forth upon the trees, we are amazed anew at God's glorious creation, with its exquisite beauty that man simply cannot duplicate.

The tulips are blooming in Pella, and their untold variety of colors, shapes, and sizes cannot escape one's notice. How can one not believe in God when one sees such glorious beauty? Christ remarks about the flowers in His sermon on the mount.
 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29, King James Version)
As our Lord reminds us, let us not be unduly concerned about what we eat, or what we wear, or what we possess, for our God, who created such wondrous beauty, will certainly take care of us!

I will close this devotion with a few pictures of our glorious tulips and spring blossoms, taken on my walk earlier this morning!

What an amazing God we serve - He certainly displays creation's power!

May God richly bless you,

Monday, May 06, 2013

Finest of Wheat

 12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
 13For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
 14He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 
(Psalm 147:12-14, King James Version)

Finest of Wheat

As we draw near to the end of this series of devotions called "First Love," we are reminded again by the Psalmist that all of our blessings, all of the good things of this earth, even the finest of wheat are all blessings given to us by the Lord. As believers, we know that is true, but often we become so used to the good things of this earth, the peace within our borders, and the best this world has to offer that we tend to take them for granted. Even worse, we think we deserve the good things we have because of our own efforts, diligence, or goodness.

We need to remember that everything we have and everything we are, are really gifts from the Lord. Do we possess great intelligence, wit, a good business sense, tenacity in the face of discouragement? All of these attributes are gifts from God. Do we live in a land where peace and prosperity abound? Has the abundance of things made us apathetic in our Christian walk? These are good things for us to ponder.

What if we live in a land where peace does not abound, prosperity exists only for a privileged few, and persecution against believers is rampant? Has God deserted us? Though that may seem to be the case, it is certainly not true. As a matter of fact, it is often true that Christians in such situations are closer to the Lord; they know that their faith is more precious than gold or prosperity. Daily they pray for the strength to faithfully serve God, even unto death if that is what God has ordained for them. Truly, a crown of righteousness awaits them at the feet of Jesus!

Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:
 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-13, King James Version)
Wherever God has placed us, whether in a land of prosperity or not, whether rich or poor, whether dull of mind or of great intelligence, whether bound or free, let us place all of our strength and all of our hope upon the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is He, alone, who strengthens us.

Whether we have been given the finest of wheat, or the poorest of the things of this life, let us praise and honor the Lord Jesus Christ, remembering that this world is not our home. Our life is but a few years--just a breath in the realm of eternity. Our true home waits for us in heaven above where we will live in the presence of God the Father, Himself, and walk and talk with the Lord Jesus just as His disciples did over 2000 years ago on this earth.

What an amazing God we serve! To Him, alone, be all the praise, all the honor, and all the glory!

God Bless You,

Thursday, May 02, 2013

He Delights

 10He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
 11The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 
(Psalm 147:10-11, King James Version)

He Delights

It is obvious that we do not love or delight in the same things that God loves or delights in. We, as the Psalmist states, would delight in the strength of the horse (or in our day, the horsepower of our cars or trucks), as well as a handsome man or a beautiful woman. As a matter of fact, outward beauty almost takes precedence over all other things, with riches coming in as a very close second, when trying to determine the worth of a fellow human being. Obviously we have our priorities in the wrong place!

Yet God is not like man. He delights or takes pleasure in those that fear Him--in those that hope in His mercy. Just take a moment and ponder that thought. If you are a believer, then God delights in you! Imagine that--the King of Kings, the Lord of Glory, the Almighty God delights in His children. He does not focus on the beauty of His creation, magnificent though it may be, but rather He focuses on the hearts of His dear children.

Knowing these things, where should our priorities lie? On what should we be focusing? Should our priorities lead us to accumulate more and more of the good things of this world, or should we be focusing on enriching our hearts and souls in the things of God? Should we focus on making a name for ourselves, or should we focus on making a name for God?

The wealth and prosperity of this world has weakened the state of the church. Where churches once stood tall in the face of adversity, their doors are seldom open due to the apathy of the congregation. When services are over, the congregants can hardly leave fast enough to get on with lives driven by the need to get more and more, even at the detriment of their so called friends and neighbors. Does this describe us?

As we read Psalm 147, let us fall before the Lord asking that He would help us to turn our hearts to Him, our First Love, so that His values become our values as well. When church is over, let us run home and immerse ourselves in His Word, studying its truths so that our lives may become more and more devoted to Him. Let us look at the needs of our families, friends, and neighbors as opportunities to serve the Lord; may we show forth the love of God that He has established in our hearts in everything we think, do, and say.

This is what brings delight to God, and this is what should bring delight to us as well. Could it be that we could learn to love and cherish those times we set aside to just delight in God? Could we set aside 5, 10, or even 15 minutes of each day just to delight in, worship, and praise the Lord?

Let us, as the people of God, turn our hearts and lives to Him so that every waking hour is filled with love, praise, worship, and service for Him. Whether at home, work, or even during times of recreation, may God hold the first place in our hearts. Why? Because He delights in us!

God Bless You,

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Sing unto the Lord

 7Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
 8Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
 9He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 
(Psalm 147:7-9, King James Version)

Sing unto the Lord

          Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.

Have you ever thought about what a great blessing it is to be able to sing? What an awesome way to express our emotions. Not only do we get to enjoy music, but we can add a whole new depth of meaning with the lyrics.

The birds can sing, and many have truly stunningly beautiful songs, yet each is limited by its own God-given song. We, however, are not limited. As we lift our voices in praise, whether alone or in a large congregation, the result is truly awe inspiriting. Can you imagine the joy we will experience when we hear the angels sing? The heavenly chorus we will hear will be unlike anything ever heard or even imagined on this earth.

Of course, songs are written to convey many meanings. Some are just light songs written to express happiness or joy, some are meant for dancing, some are written as laments, but most are probably written, especially in our day, as love songs. When you think of it, the world has no greater emotion to express than love, with the highest emotion expressed being one of love for another person.

We, as believers, have songs which express emotions even greater than mere love for another human being, for we know the love of God! What an amazing God we serve, and how wondrous to express our love to Him through music. Every blessing we experience on this earth is given to us as a gift by God, who loves us more than we can possibly comprehend. Even those things which one might consider bad, or evil, are tempered by God's Almighty hand, so that we are confident in His constant care and guidance.

Whether we are on the mountain heights or walking through the valley of the shadow of death, our God is with us, guiding us through every single step. As a matter of fact, everything in this world is under God's protecting hand. As the Psalmist reminds us, He covers the heaven with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and makes grass grow upon the mountains. He gives food to the beasts and to the young ravens who cry out to Him.

The beasts of the earth and the birds of the sky know their Creator. In their hunger they cry to Him and He provides. Who can resist the joyous cry of the birds every morning when the sun rises and a new day is thrust upon the earth. By the hundreds and thousands, the birds join their voices in praise to God for each new day He brings forth.

Let us, then, listen to the advice of the Psalmist and sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving.
 24This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, King James Version)

God Bless You,