Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Make It Your Own

The Psalms cover a whole array of emotions.  The intro to the Psalms in my bible says they were written by a number of people but Jewish tradition credits David with the writing of at least seventy-three.  They were written between the time of Moses (about 1440 B.C.) and the Babylonian captivity (586 B.C.)  We read emotions such as joy, anger, peacefulness, frustration, despair, happiness, and anxiety in the Psalms.  Music and poetry often seem the best way to express them fully.  Feelings are not easily scripted.  The Psalms speak to the human experience, by people who offered their heartfelt feelings to God through music, poetry and prayer.  The honest expression of these thoughts and feelings can draw us all closer to the God who loves and made us all.

 A Psalm of Thanksgiving

“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!  Worship the Lord, with gladness.  Come before him, singing with joy.  Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving.  Go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good.  His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.  Psalm 100

A Psalm of Thanksgiving  (Psalms for Praying, Nan C. Merrill)

“Sing a joyful noise to the Beloved all people of the earth!  Serve Love with a glad heart!  Join hands in the great Dance of Life!  Know that the Beloved of your heart is the Divine Presence!  Love created us and we belong to the Most High.  We are born to be loving expressions of the Creator’s Divine Plan.  Open the gates of your heart with gratitude and enter Love’s court with praise!  Give thanks to the Beloved, bless Love’s holy name!  For Love is of God, and lives in your heart forever, with faith, truth, and joy, now and in all that is to come.  Alleluia Amen! Psalm 100

Merrill, took this psalm and made it her own.  It’s an invitation for us all to do the same.

Lois Autterson