Friday, December 31, 2010

Joyful Noise Singing

I was reminded of a time in the mid 1940’s when our Aunt Ruby and Uncle Jim came for a visit to our home in Oakland, California. Ruby was robust with fiery red hair. She was gentle and always happy and loved children although she could not bare children of her own.

My brother Allen was not feeling well, so he was spending the day in Mother and Dad’s bed. Aunt Ruby went in to comfort him, and brought our big cat Blackie to visit him also. Soon Blackie was purring loudly, and my aunt asked my brother, “What is the kitty singing?”

Without hesitation, my brother answered, “She is singing Jesus Loves me this I know.”

Ruby laughed, but in her heart she knew that Blackie was indeed singing praises to God.

Do Cats sing?

Yes, animals have various ways to signal that they are satisfied and happy. Our dogs make noises when it is feeding time, and their tails never cease to wag their appreciation and love.

There is a thrill of hearing the birds singing, chickens clucking, roosters crowing, and foxes,wolves, and dogs baying at the moon.

Listen carefully at night to the chirping of crickets and the croaking of frogs.  They will remind us that all creation praises the Lord.

I recently wrote a post about the rocks cry out, the mountains and the hills praise God, and how God himself sings back at us.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Can you for a moment envision joining with the hosts of angels and adding our amateur praise to their expert harmony?

I believe that is the reason that the Bible instructs us to “Make a Joyful NOISE unto the Lord.”

Whether we sing beautifully compared to others is not the question.

The main thing is to worship the Lord with a voice, in tune or not, it does not matter.

Just make up your own words, and they do not have to rhyme or make sense to you, but they will have special meaning to God.

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