Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)
So, Psalm 100 is my psalm for the day. As a matter of fact, it has been my Sunday psalm for a couple of months now. Little did I know that it would be the Psalm for my birthday. My 58th, to be exact. And I can't think of a more appropriate prayer for this day. My friend Robert always says, before he starts reading a psalm, "Listen to the words of the ancient prayer and listen for the prayer of God that rises in your heart." Well, this psalm IS the prayer of God that rises in my heart today. I am so incredibly grateful, so glad. I'm so grateful for 58 years of life and love. So grateful for 36 (in August) years of marriage to my best friend and the love of my life! So grateful for my three incredible (grown) children and my one wonderful daughter-in-law. So grateful for deep and wonderful friendships. So grateful for the opportunity to make a living doing the things I love the most. So grateful for the sweet (and totally undeserved) way that God continues to draw me further and further into his great heart of love. If all of that doesn't make a person "shout for joy" and "worship the Lord with gladness" nothing will.