A Joyful Noise

Psalm 100

Oct. 1974: Lutheran church-goers, New Ulm, Minnesota (David Rees / Documerica)

Photo by Documerica / Unsplash

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100, ESV


One of my favorite things that I have heard and like to say about singing to the Lord is, “God asks us to make a joyful noise, not a beautiful noise.” There is nothing like singing praises to God, is there? It is amazing how beautiful it is, however, to get a group of people together singing hymns and songs of praise to God. I have yet to hear a group of Christians joyfully singing to the Lord sound bad. I think the key is joy.  When we lift up a song with our hearts full of joy to God, the tone shifts, and the sound is most wonderful. Just like a smile changes the tone of your voice, so does joy in the sound of a song proceeding from your lips. As we ponder the blessings of God, it is meant to remind us of all the wonderful things that God gives to us, and it can drown out the fear that the world desires to place in our hearts. If you listen to the world, it is easy to become bogged down because we can see how many truly don’t fear, love, and trust in God above all things. It is easy to become fearful of things other than God, which leads us away from loving and trusting Him. Yet, our Lord reminds us that He is the provider, and that is why, as followers of Christ, we are constantly reminded to come to Him and trust in His steadfast love. One of the most common descriptors of God’s love is steadfast. This is to remind us that it is not limited, and He doesn’t just let His love for us go. His love is unconditional. This means that even when we sin and our disobedient, His love remains. The closest we can compare this to is the love of a parent, but even this has its shortcomings when compared to the love of our Lord. For this reason, we are reminded to sing out joyfully and ever praise Him and let that joy lift us from despair to hope and uncertainty to surety in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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