I wish you could have been at our dining room table at dawn, listening to my Bella read the Ancient, Sacred Writings. My heart flooded with joy as I experienced, yet again, the power of the Word, simply read by a young girl, with lilting and expressive tone and inflection.
Take a moment and have someone read this to you.
Psa. 66:0 For the choir director: A song. A psalm.Psa. 66:1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!2 Sing about the glory of his name!Tell the world how glorious he is.3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.4 Everything on earth will worship you;they will sing your praises,shouting your name in glorious songs.”InterludePsa. 66:5 Come and see what our God has done,what awesome miracles he performs for people!6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea,and his people went across on foot.There we rejoiced in him.7 For by his great power he rules forever.He watches every movement of the nations;let no rebel rise in defiance.InterludePsa. 66:8 Let the whole world bless our Godand loudly sing his praises.9 Our lives are in his hands,and he keeps our feet from stumbling.10 You have tested us, O God;you have purified us like silver.11 You captured us in your netand laid the burden of slavery on our backs.12 Then you put a leader over us.We went through fire and flood,but you brought us to a place of great abundance.Psa. 66:13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offeringsto fulfill the vows I made to you—14 yes, the sacred vows that I madewhen I was in deep trouble.15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.InterludePsa. 66:16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,and I will tell you what he did for me.17 For I cried out to him for help,praising him as I spoke.18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,the Lord would not have listened.19 But God did listen!He paid attention to my prayer.20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayeror withdraw his unfailing love from me.