Today is the Queen’s official birthday in New Zealand and is always a public holiday. It is a date which never passes my family by as it is a family birthday as well.
The Queen has been an extraordinary monarch, and as an earthly leader is beyond comparison. For God, of course, comparison is impossible, completely and utterly impossible, and our Queen assures us that it is her faith in God that has made it possible for her to be who she is.
The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.