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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come before His presence with singing!
Know and understand that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, 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 and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.”  – Psalm 100

This morning, I am very tired. I had a long day yesterday and am looking at a few long days ahead of me… I sat down in the office to answer emails and do my work, but I found myself looking at my computer and feeling grumbly and unhappy. I just stopped and said, “What is wrong right now?”

Even just yesterday, God was speaking to me about joy – the word He said over and over again was, “Do not let anyone steal your joy!”

So this morning, when all was wrong it the world (so it seemed) something clicked with me and I went, “My joy is being stolen!” I’m so grateful that yesterday God spoke to me about joy, so that today when that area of my life is lacking, that encouragement from Him is fresh in my mind. I decided to combat this negativity with the Psalms… the first one I opened to was Psalm 100 – Praise Him!

Today I make it my choice to practice joy, to celebrate God’s goodness with praise.

I praise God, for He is my watchman and keeping an eye out to what is ahead of me.
I praise God, for He is my Advocate who looks to my best interests and intercedes on my behalf.
I praise God, for He is my faithful friend, my everlasting love.
I praise God, for His character and love never change.I praise God, for His mercies are new every morning!
I praise God, for He is the King, He sits on the throne, and He is worthy of all praise!

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