“Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King,
For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted!
Lord God, today is a new beginning for me. A day that I start a journey of studies and preparation for work as a deaconess. It is a day of new beginnings for others as well. May the strong words of this psalm give courage and peace for all of us who are depending on You to see us through. We give you thanks for the heritage of life in your Son, Jesus Christ. May we give you honor and glory and praise this day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.