1Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
2sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.
3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! Because of your great power, your enemies cringe before you.
4All the earth worships you; they sing praises to you, sing praises to your name.” Selah
5Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals.
6He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There we rejoiced in him,
7who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah
and Psalm 100
1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
I started thinking about happiness and joy. We use these words interchangeably. But the more I thought about it, I realized that they are different emotions, at least for me. I feel joy at a much deeper level than happiness. Joy fills my being up completely. There is no room for any other thought. I experience it in every cell of my body. Joy is exuberant and cannot be contained. These psalms reflect some of that exuberance for me. I don't feel it often enough. I think young children experience it easily and often, but somehow we lose this openness as we age. I decided that this week I want to consciously look for joy.