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Words of Praise and Joy

The gifts of God are for the people of God, and all of God’s creation is called to joyfully praise Him.  The Bible says that when God created the world and everything dwelling in it, He saw that it was good.  Goodness, love, and joy are the center of our life of faith.   The Gospel is literally the “Good News” and Jesus calls us to lift up those around us and to feel joy walking in the light of God.

It is our hope that the Word of God can lift you up and bring you joy!


Psalm 148

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.

 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

 Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

 He 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 96

O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice

 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.


1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:


Isaiah 12

And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.


Isaiah 55:11-13

 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.


Psalm 104:1-24

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

 The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

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