An example that comes to mind - a song from an amazing Psalm and showing the beauty of ALL LIFE!
Hallel's Community of the Lamb prays the entire 150 psalms each week! You will see them with their tiny blue book of the Psalms and praying throughout each day. They would become a theme of the ups and downs of our existence, and our need for healing and forgiveness, and then our total JOY for all that He does for us! The Hallel Psalms are 145-150 and are total praise and love of God. The Grand Hallel Psalms are those around 100 which also are filled with Praise... they are quite easy to pick out as you read them. A reminder that Hallel is the first part of the word - Hallelujah, and as Susan says; "When you say my name, you are giving God all the glory and praise to the highest heaven." How cool is that?"
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.
He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
I see this so true for me... I worry, and suffer, and stress, and doubt, and find this humble place where I have deserted all that wants to dictate my steps or mislead my life away from Jesus and His plan for me. I need to approach him there and find peace and JOY as I watch The Holy Spirit at work in my life daily journey of embracing my most Cherished Cross and finding LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT. It was special today to have Pat read the morning prayer office to me this morning... The first Psalm of the 3 today - Psalm 57..."Awake lyre and harp, with praise let us awake the dawn." How many times did Jesus start his day with these words straight from the psalm and expressing his deep undying LOVE for his Father in Heaven? That love now enters us and is The Holy Spirit! May we dance with total abandon and joy in our hearts, minds and souls!
Jesus, may we humbly approach you in that deserted place of dying to self so that The Holy Spirit can work in and through us. What JOY fills our hearts knowing that you are there if only we leave our self behind and lay our sins/burdens at your feet and invite you in! Jesus, "my heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready. I will sing, I will sing your praise. Awake my soul, awake lyre and harp, will awake the dawn. I will thank you, Lord, among the peoples, among the nations I will praise you for your love reaches to the heavens and your truth to the skies. O God, arise above the heavens, may your glory shine on earth!" After each psalm we repeat the words of the "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen"
Words of praise in our hearts which Jesus said himself to His Father! How can it get any better? Then to be reminded of our Family/Domestic Church/The Church we belong to from the moment we were baptized with water in the name of The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit - the Community of LOVE! Jesus, we trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah