Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord, All the Lands!

Peaceful Families; Peaceful World Workshop-May 27 to May 29
Peace Kingdom Center, Harpers Ferry , WV and online
May 27- Abstinence-Centered Curriculum Training
May 28- Unification Principle Study
May 29- Strengthening Families and Communities Forum

Cheon Seong Gyeong 398

God wants to realize the kingdom of love. This is God’s will. God’s will is to develop the ideal setting for love and then globalize it. The family is the workshop based upon which one meets the qualifications to graduate from primary and secondary school, on to university – even to earn a doctorate. Furthermore, the family expands into the world. Looking at the world carefully, we can say that there is a world where the grandfathers and grandmothers live, a world where uncles and aunts live, a world where elder brothers and elder sisters live, a world where young people live, and a world where children live. So these places where the elderly, middle-aged, adolescents and children dwell may be larger and more populous, but they are expanded versions of the family. (147-281, 1986.10.1)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1366

February 8, 1975 was for me a most unforgettable day until now. I matched the Blessing candidates until just one hour and a half before the ceremony was to take place. Have you ever heard of such a wedding? I was still matching the couples until 8:30 a.m., even though the Blessing Ceremony commenced at ten o’clock in the morning. I stayed up the whole night, but marriage is very important in a person’s life and cannot be a game, so when a match was rejected, I proposed another and then another and so on. (83-226, 1976.2.8)


2. Hymns and Psalms of Praise

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
    Psalm 100Sing you all, and sing aloud!
Devotees, sing your songs.
Let children, too, sing. Sing to Him
who is like a mighty fortress.
Let the viol send down its strains,
the lute raise its voice around,
the bow string strike its echoing sound:
to Indra is our hymn upraised.
    Rig Veda 8.69.8-9 (Hinduism)

I will extol thee, my God and my King,
and bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless thee,
and praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud thy works to another,
and shall declare thy mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of thy majesty,
and on thy wondrous works, I will meditate.
Men shall proclaim the might of thy terrible acts,
and I will declare thy greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of thy abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
    Psalm 145.1-7

He is God, there is no god but He.
He is the knower of the Unseen and the
He is the All-merciful, the All-compassionate.
He is God, there is no God but He.
He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable,
The All-faithful, the All-preserver,
The All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime.
Glory be to God, above that they associate!

He is God, the Creator, the Maker, the Shaper.
To Him belong the Names Most Beautiful.
All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies Him;
He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.24
    Qur’an 59.22-24

Come together, you all, with the power of spirit, to the Lord of heaven, who is One, the Guest of the people.
He, the ancient, desires to come to the new.
To Him all pathways turn; verily He is One.
We all here are Thine, O Indra, praised by many,
We who go about, attached to Thee, Lord of wealth!
O Lover of song, none but Thee receives our songs.
Love these our words as the earth loves her creatures.
Loud songs have sounded to the bounteous Indra,
One worthy of praise, the Supporter of mankind, to the much invoked, waxing strong with lovely hymns,
and the immortal One who is sung day by day.
Towards Indra have all our loving songs, joined to
the heavenly light, proceeded in unison;
as a wife embraces her husband, comely bridegroom,
so they encompass the bounteous One for His grace.
    Sama Veda 372-375 (Hinduism)

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