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Make a joyful noise!




Make a joyful noise to the Lord!

This passage from Psalm 100 is one I refer to often in my life and ministry. Not being one who was gifted in music, neither instrumental or vocal, I use this portion of Scripture to cover over my musical shortcomings. I definitely cannot play a musical instrument, but I really do enjoy singing. I may not be a vocalist of high quality, but I can put out some pretty good volume.

As this Psalm clearly conveys, we are to make a joyful noise to the Lord. This I believe is a matter of the heart and not necessarily a reflection on our musical abilities and talents. For us to have a true desire to sing praises to our Lord God Almighty is where it all begins. Can God be glorified even with a voice that is not always on key much less finely tuned. Certainly! God looks at the heart, man looks at or listens to what is on the outside.

Other portions of Psalm 100 bring this idea to light. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name. I can tell you one thing for sure, you do not have to have a polished voice to do that dear brothers and sisters in the faith! God simply wants us to recognize and acknowledge the great love He has for us, and what He has done for you and me in Christ Jesus. He gave us His very best in sending Jesus to be our Savior, and it is only fitting we should do the same, even if our best may end up at a level which is deemed by others as less than perfection.

The next time you are in worship, or at a church gathering, where you are singing hymns and songs in praise to God, don’t worry about the funny looks you may be getting from those around you as you make a joyful noise to the Lord. In fact, my advice to you in those situations is just smile at them and keep on belting out the tune with all your heart. They may be grimacing, but I guarantee the Lord is smiling in appreciation for your faithfulness, passion, and enthusiasm!!!!! Pastor McCarty


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