A Weekend Of Making A Joyful Noise

There's a joke among church musicians that we're all just making a joyful noise - with an emphasis on the "noise" part. This is often how we laugh off any mistakes or finger fumbles.

This play on words is actually referencing Psalm 66, but we don't usually get past the fourth word, let alone the first line.

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honor of his name: make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2

The word noise here doesn't mean something that sounds awful, like we would describe it in today's terminology. Instead, it means to shout, raise a sound, cry out or give a blast. It's specifically used to describe a war cry or alarm of battle. In military terms, it would be their battle cry.

Make this a weekend of making a joyful noise. Be one of those making a joyful noise, letting the songs of praise to God be our battle cry in a lost and dying world. If we don't lift our voices, who will? Even if it's quiet or a little off-key, it will still be a shout of war against the evil all around us.

That sounds like a beautiful noise to me!


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