April 16th 2009

Make A Joyful Noise

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp”
Psalm 92:1-3 (NIV)

We don’t know what music is sweetest to God’s ear. We don’t know what the heavenly host sounded like when the angels heralded Christ’s birth (Luke 2:8-16 & hymns “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night”).

We do know that God is pleased by what comes from our hearts (sincere worship), whether we possess a professional singing voice or sing as an off-key infant.

Through the ages, millions of hymns (songs of praise and worship to God) have been written, and we should take the opportunity to offer our praise and worship to him whenever we can.

When you next sing a hymn-think what the words are saying-sing the words meaningfully; one of the many most moving verses for me is in the hymn “How Great Thou Art”:
“And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die-I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take a way my sin.”

With me it registers that Jesus Christ paid a great sacrifice for me-for every one of us.
Our thanks to our Father for this gift as we sing out in the chorus of “How great Thou art…”
Therefore let us come into His presence (God is everywhere) with singing (Psalm 100:2).

Loving Heavenly Father, accept the praise we offer you. Let it be as incense ascending to heaven, to be breathed in by you. We humbly bow down and worship you, our Creator and our merciful God.

Study by Sandra Moore 

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