joyful = feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness
My family and I recently visited Gettysburg, the beautiful site of arguably the fiercest battle in all of the Civil War. I attempted to explain to my five year old son what a cannon does. After all, they are all over the battlefield in memorial to the soldiers who fought there. How do you explain the noise which a cannon produces? My parents took me to many Civil War reenactments as a child, including the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Hearing dozens of cannons firing at the same time is not an experience you forget. The noise was incredible. Loud hardly describes. And the actual battle had well over 600 cannons and 120,000 rifles.
And that noise pales in comparison to the noise there will be in heaven! (Revelation 14:2, Revelation 19:6)
Consider the definition of "noise" seen above. What is it that you desire in your worship when the believers are gathered? Silence? Noise? Personally, I like to see both at varying time. But it can not be denied that scripture affirms again and again that we need to make some noise in our worship!
Shout for joy to the Lord (Psalm 98:4)! With instruments make a joyful noise before the King, our Lord (1 Chronicles 15:6, 15:28; Psalm 33:3; Psalm 98:6)! Make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise (Psalm 95:2)! Shout and cry joyfully in a loud noise that can be heard at a distance (Ezra 3:13)! Make a joyful noise to God (Psalm 66:1, 81:1, 95:1, 100:1; Isaiah 24:8, 24:14, 54:1).
Make some noise! And make it joyful! These aren't desires from a worship pastor. These are desires from the very heart of God. Let your emotions show. Express your heart. Show God through your worship how much pleasure and happiness he's given you through a relationship with Jesus.
Let's make some noise! Let's be loud like cannons. It doesn't have to be a pleasant, perfect sound. God wants your joyful heart. Let the noise commence.
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