Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Pastor asked me to fill in for Pastor's Pen. Let’s look at two verses about praising God. The Hebrew for make a joyful noise can mean: to raise a battle cry; sound a trumpet blast; shout in triumph or exaltation. The battle cry connects with worship, because God does battle for those who praise Him (2Chronicles 20:21-22). One meaning Strong’s gives is, “to split the ears with sound.” When was the last time you joyfully cried to the Lord with an ear-splitting noise? Since God is “great and greatly to be praised” (Psalm 96:4), let’s do that this morning!
We are then called to serve, or minister to the Lord with gladness – joy, pleasure, and delight. The noise we make must come from the right attitude towards our good and perfect God. We must either praise God when we feel joyful, or until we feel joyful. Praise made the walls of Jericho fall and the Philippian jail to shake lose; praise will bring us victory as well.
Finally, we are commanded to, “come before His presence with singing.” Singing is the manifestation through which we express our joy in the Lord. People often whistle or hum when they’re joyful. As the old hymn says, “I sing because I’m happy.” Studies show singing also increases happiness. As we sing out to Him, our gladness and faith will grow until we realize we serve an awesome God!