The reading for today is Psalm 95:1-7
1 "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand."
I have a difficult time with noise. I don't like doors slammed. I don't like the noise of a tire blowing out. I don't like angry voices and loud arguments. I don't like the howling wind of a hurricane as it finds every opening through which to scream. I don't like the rushing train sound of an oncoming tornado. I don't like the sound of hailstones as they pelt the car I'm driving like machine gun fire. I've experienced these and, although many people aren't bothered by what I consider noise, I try to avoid noise whenever I can. I find quiet calms me.
That being said, a joyful noise is a totally different matter. I love joyful noises! There are so many that warm my heart: the laughter of children as they shout and run around in their play; the joyful noise our music makes in church; the songs of praise; the cheers at a baseball game; the sound of crashing ocean waves against the rocks; the honking of a flock of geese in migration; the wind rustling the leaves in a mountain forest; the gurgling of a stream as it tumbles into a cave; the noise my family makes as we prepare and share holiday meals and birthdays; the wonderful noises which make me so grateful I have my sense of hearing. Our God is an awesome God indeed, to give us the sea, the dry land, the hills and deep places of the earth. It's no wonder we want to kneel, to bow down and worship him.
What noises bother you? What noises bring joy to your hearts? Do you kneel when you pray? Do you ever sing to or about God as you perform your daily chores? Do you think that making a joyful noise, even when you're alone, is a suitable way to praise the Lord?
Most merciful and patient Lord, even if our voices aren't perfect, please accept our joyful noises as we praise you in our own ways. Like sheep, let us follow you through the beauty in this abundant world you created for us. In the name of our savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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Prayer Concern: Those to whom loud noises bring fear because of past circumstances or present conditions.