First I want to wish you all a happy Groundhog’s Day. Also, I wish you a Happy 2/2/22.
For the song today, I first want to share a psalm:
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.
3 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.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Make a joyful noise!
Joyful noises come in many different packages from a variety of noise-makers.
Before you read any further, stop and think of some of the joyful noises you have heard in your life.
I will wait…
I imagine you can come up with many.
There are many joyful noises: The laughter of a child. The birds singing in the morning. The waves rippling on the sandy beach. The muffled crunch of footsteps after a heavy snow. The crackle of a campfire. The wonderful harmony of a choir. The beautiful ring of handbells. The voice of someone saying, “I love you.”
What joyful noises come to mind for you?
I have shared before that the sound of a cello is one of the most beautiful sounds I know.
I “played” cello from 4th grade through high school, and a little bit in college. I was never very good at it – that had to do with lack of discipline when it came to practicing!
Lisa and I went with friends to see a musical group called the Piano Guys. These two guys (a cellist and pianist) combine contemporary songs with classical songs and their music is wonderful!
During the concert, the cellist played “Bring Him Home” from the musical “Les Miserables” – it was amazing – tears streamed down my face as I heard the wonderful “noise” being shared. The piano guy was pretty good too!
The psalmist invites us to make a joyful noise.
That noise may be an instrument or our own voices in song. That noise could be US telling someone “I love you.” That noise could be making bacon for breakfast…
Make a joyful noise. I know you can!
For in using our gifts to sing praise, we give honor to God, who delights in what God has created.
Make a joyful noise!
Let us pray: Tune our hearts to sing your praise. May we join in the symphony of all the earth, and offer our thanks and praise to you. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.