I think this is one of the first Psalms I ever learned as a child...and it seems to me that we actually quoted this in school at a Thanksgiving program or something... I know you think I'm dreaming that one up, but back in those days we could read the Bible in school and even have PRAYER! Now I am giving away my age...you know I must be old if we actually prayed in school! We even got paddlings at school...I don't believe that I ever got one, but I know I deserved a few. Those who were unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of the "board of education" have never forgotten it...and have never been unhappy about it either...they knew they deserved it...and they also knew that the application of the rod of instruction taught them valuable lessons not learned in the reading and writing and 'rithmetic books!"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God, it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations." Psalm 100
Enough of my reminiscing about the "good old days". I truly was blessed to have lived in a small town, and to have attended a small school, where I made many, many friends...many of whom are still very close friends to this day. I believe that is one of the reasons I can make this "joyful noise" today; good friends who cared enough to take time to pray for our family, to send a word of encouragement and hope during a difficult time, and who have blessed my heart with their kindness, thoughtfulness, and enduring friendship. Tonight I just want to say, "Thank you!"