A Joyful Heart
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands."
My granddaughter’s favorite tune is one of John Philip Sousa’s marches. Sousa, known as "The March King,” was a US composer in the late nineteenth century. Moriah isn’t in a marching band; she’s only twenty months old. She just loves the tune and can even hum a few notes. She associates it with joyful times. When our family gets together, we often hum this song along with claps and other boisterous noises, and the grandchildren dance or parade in circles to the beat. It always ends in dizzy children and lots of laughter.
Our joyful noise reminds me of the psalm that implores us to “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Ps. 100:2). When King Solomon dedicated the temple, the Israelites celebrated with praises (2 Chron. 7:5–6). Psalm 100 may have been one of the songs they sang...
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. - Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.- Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. - Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. - For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
Praise is the overflow of a joyful heart.
Dear Lord, give us thankful hearts to praise You, because You are good and all that You do is good. Your love endures forever!