Psalm 98:4 – Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. (KJV)
Psalm 95:1 – O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (KJV)
A memory flashback takes me to the pre-school years of my life, when a friend, named Charles, and I were wild and free. From Saturday movies, we knew that the giant man who swung on vine ropes was Tarzan, and the girl was Jane. Near where we lived, there was a huge tree with vines dangling from its limbs. A small drainage ditch was near the section of the tree that had the strongest vines. Charles and I spent hours playing on the vines, swinging across the ditch. Each time we swung on the vine, we let out a blood-curdling yell, because that's what Tarzan and Jane did.
Charles and I started to school that fall. It didn't take the teacher long to teach us that we were not wild and free anymore. There were more serious aspects to life than swinging on a vine and making loud noises. We never played Tarzan and Jane again, and I've never again swung on a vine. The teacher taught me well. I don't know that I've ever made a "joyful noise" since that time. I am not a musical person. I cannot "carry a tune in a bucket", as the old saying goes, so I haven't made noise to Him in song; neither do I play instruments. In our days of plentiful music, I sit silently listening to other people's noise.
All people have a need to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Let us be patient at church if the people near us are singing a little off-key. Let us remember that they also need to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, You gave us all different gifts to use for the building of Your kingdom, but we have need sometimes to allow the gifts of others to be expressed in our lives also. Teach us to be patient with those who try to make joyful noises in praise of You. Amen.
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