Make a Joyful Noise
As a child, I grew up next to a church in our little farming community. Every Sun- day morning the church bells would echo through our little community, an invitation sounding out to all who could hear that God was summoning his people to worship. Psalm 117 says O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye peo- ple. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord. In the call to worship we recognize and remember that it is God alone who is worthy of our worship. Worship in the form of music and song begins with God making Himself known and is followed by our response of remembrance and praise.
Psalm 100:1-2 Says, Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
I don’t believe there is any other verse in the Bible that expresses what is ex- pected of us as we worship than Psalm 100. This verse tells us the many ways we can express praise.
1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
A Joyful noise could be many things: an Amen, shouting Hallelujah or Glory in church, or a loudly proclaimed whooo. We go to all kinds of sporting events and shout out affirmation and praise for our teams when they are winning. I believe the Lord expects the same from us as we see him moving and winning battles in our lives and in church.
2. Serve the Lord with gladness.
Serving the Lord can also be done in many ways, being a door greeter, and usher, singing in the choir, or special music as well as playing an instrument for service. Service is simple and doesn’t have to be something big. Washing the dishes after a church meal is service, too. True service comes from having a servant’s heart.
3. Come before his presence with singing.
This one is my favorite. Singing is where I find my strongest connection with the Holy Spirit. Music has the ability to affect our mood and emotion, it can make you happy, sad and even angry. Music can help you focus and concentrate, it motivates and impacts us while we are listening, singing, or even playing an instrument.
The Lord is worthy of and completely deserves our praise, worship, service, and singing. So try it this Sunday in church, give Him a shout-out of praise!
With a song in my heart, Jason