Shout for joy to Adonai, all the earth!
Serve Adonai with gladness.
Enter his presence with joyful songs.
Be aware that Adonai is God;
it is he who made us; and we are his,
his people, the flock in his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
enter his courtyards with praise;
give thanks to him, and bless his name.
For Adonai is good, his grace continues forever,
and his faithfulness lasts through all generations.
Another of the passages often said with the Episcopal Morning Prayer service, so again, another of my favorites. Joy is such an oft-ignored emotion in our society. Happiness and contentment are fairly common, but joy adds an element of love and rejoicing to happiness and contentment, that can only be expressed with some sort of outward, emotional manifestation so that our hearts don’t explode with the influx of feeling found in joy.