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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
Book of 2nd Samuel; C. S. Lewis; Book of Psalms, Swami Vivekananda; anonymous author
King David was deliriously happy for all the Lord had done for him.
His unabashed joy so consumed his body that he got a major case
of Happy Feet and danced in front of the Ark in only a linen sheath.
And when he got called on it, he answered (in so many words),
"What's wrong with you? Here is a list of everything God has done
for me. Believe me, I'm so humbled and happy that I will
dance and praise Him in every way I can think of!!"
Okay, David might have sounded a little more kingly than that.
But this powerful man was and is the model of enthusiastic joy.
He was joyful because he was full of praise for God. And he was
just plain old happy, too.
He probably smiled a lot that day.
Human happiness is a divine gift. As one of my favorite radio
talk show hosts says, "You have a moral responsibility to
be happy." Let us add that like King David, we also have
an infinite number of fabulous reasons to sing, play
instruments, dance and make noise, we're so happy!
Photo by Chuck Bowman All rights reserved
King David was told, "Hashem has blessed the house of Obed-edom
and everything he has because of the Ark of God." David then went
and brought up the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the
City of David with joy...David danced with all (his) strength before
Hashem; David was girded in a linen tunic. David and the entire
House of Israel brought up the Ark of Hashem with loud,
joyous sound, and the sound of the shofar.
David returned to bless his household. Michal daughter of Saul went out
to meet David and said, "How honored was the king of Israel today,
who was exposed today in the presence of his servants' maid-
servants, as one of the boors would be exposed!"
David answered Michal, "In the presence of Hashem, Who chose me
over your father and over his entire house to appoint me as ruler over
the people of Hashem, over Israel -- before Hashem I shall rejoice!"
2nd Samuel 6:12-15, 20-21
The Stone Edition Tanach
The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express
that same delight in God which made David dance...
It is gay and jocund. They are glad and rejoice. Their
fingers itch for the harp, for the lute and the harp -- wake
up, lute and harp!; let's have a song, bring the tambourine,
bring the "merry harp with the lute," we're going to sing
merrily and make a cheerful noise. Noise, you well may
say. Mere music is not enough. Let everyone, even the
benighted gentiles, clap their hands. Let us have clashing
cymbals, not only well-tuned, but loud, and dances too.
Excerpted from "Reflections on the Psalms,"
by C. S. Lewis
Harcourt Inc., 1996
Photo by Chuck Bowman All Rights Reserved
My heart is steadfast, God,
my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and chant praise.
Awake, my soul;
awake, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn.
I will praise you among the peoples, Lord;
I will chant your praise among the nations.
New American Bible
The first sign of your becoming religious
is that you are becoming cheerful!
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Founder of the Ramakrishna Order of Monks
The Last Word:
One of the best ways
to worship God is
simply to be happy.
Random Bonus Quote:
The best index of a person's character is how he treats people who
can't do him any good and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Abigail Van Buren (born 1918)
Born Pauline Philips;