O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.
I love this Psalm for Easter Monday. Just love it. I love the joy, the celebration, the excitement, the newness, the freshness. I am reminded that while Lent is completed, Easter has just begun. Today and each day through Pentecost is the day to greet one another with the greeting that Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed! As I read this Psalm, it is very much like every part of Creation cries out with thanksgiving to its Creator and acknowledges the power and strength and love of that Creator. So, let today be a day of celebration and thanksgiving. Share with a friend, a family member, even a stranger something for which you are thankful this day.
This photo captures this joy for me. The fireworks lighting up the sky, the colors filling the night, the reflections upon the pond, and the joy of the waving light sticks that are at the bottom of the picture. Celebrate this day!