What Joy

Over the past couple weeks, I have had Sarah Emerson’s song “What Joy (Ps. 146)” playing over and over in my head and through my car stereo.  I love the words, and I love to sing over the truths it declares about God, and the response I should have when I reflect upon His goodness.

“Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, O my soul.  I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them- the Lord remains faithful forever.” -Ps 146:1-6

You made the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is within them. Your promises remain.  You give justice to the weak. You care for the widows and orphans. Forever Lord You reign.

“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.   The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.” -Ps. 146:7-10

What joy, what joy for those whose hope is in the name of the Lord. What peace, what peace for those whose confidence is Him alone.

“Hallelujah!  It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.  The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -Ps.147:1,11

Hallelujah, forever we will sing.  Hallelujah, praises to our King!

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