Today is my birthday. I woke up thinking that it is just another day really, but when I think about all the things I can do with this new year of my life, it makes me realize that it is a day to start to move forward into a world of opportunities. It is a new year of possibilities. It is a chance to get rid of what isn’t working and explore what is working. It is a chance to confess sin and thank God for His mercy. It is a time to thank God for bringing me to another year. Now I have another chance to do good things for His sake, to reach the goals He has planned out for me, and to grow closer to God. Like David I will sing thanks to God for another year that has started with a beautiful morning!
Joy Comes with the Morning
A Psalm of David
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?[e]
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!