December 30th 2009

Make A Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise unto God, all you lands. Sing forth the honour of his name:  make his praise glorious.”

Psalm 66:1-2 (KJV) 

Way before man was created there was music. In Job 38:7 it says, “The morning stars sang together.” That was when the foundations of earth were laid. 

Music has always played an important part in worship and celebrations, and has a positive effect on our attitude. It was an expression of love and thanks. 

Some say the song of Moses in Exodus 15 is the oldest recorded song in the world. It was an expression of relief and thanks to God for rescuing them. 

Deborah and Barak also sang a song of praise to God for Israel’s victory over King Jabin’s army (Judges 5:1-2). 

David was a skilled musician and wrote a song of thanksgiving when God delivered him from his enemies. It is recorded in 2 Samuel 22. Most people know of the Song of Solomon that celebrates the union of husband and wife. 

Coming to the New Testament, we have Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1, and the song of Zacharias for the blessing of his son John the Baptist. 

Acts 16:25 tells us Paul and Silas sang songs of praise in prison. No matter what our circumstances, no one can stop us singing. We can sing in our hearts silently and God hears (Ephesians 5:19). 

The early Christians didn’t have access to Christian books or the New Testament to read and study as we do, so their teachings about Christ were memorised, and sometimes set to music so that they could be passed on. That’s how music became an important part of Christian worship. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16 (NKJV). 

We can look forward to more singing in the future because Revelation 15:3-4 tells us: “…they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying: Great and marvellous are Your works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!” The Song of the Lamb celebrates the ultimate deliverance of God’s people from Satan. “All the earth shall worship You and shall sing unto You—they shall sing praises to Your name” (Psalm 66:4 NKJV). 

Prayer

Great Father in Heaven, as parents love to hear their little children sing, so you love to hear us, even if it is only a joyful noise. Please help me always to sing to you in my heart no matter what my circumstances or where I am.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman

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