Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing! For the LORD is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever, God’s faithfulness to all generations! Psalm 100:1, 5
On occasion, I’ve seen video clips of outdoor concerts with thousands of people crowded together around a raised stage, where the performers sing, while the audience sings and claps and waves their arms above their heads in time with the music. The energy is enormous. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve only been to two concerts in my life – one was Andre Crouch, the other was Peter, Paul, and Mary.
As for me, well, I’m simply averse to big crowds (no offense, Disney lovers), and I’ve never been comfortable with raising my hands in concerts or in worship (typical sentiments of an introvert). On the other hand, I can very much identify with “making a joyful noise” and to “coming into God’s presence with singing.” It’s something I enjoy early in the morning when I take my walk. Everything is still dark and quiet, and the only observers are the stars and the crickets. I still can’t figure out if they are singing with me, or if I am singing with them. In either case, none of us cares a whit about how good it sounds, because we actually are in God’s presence. And by our very existence, we are evidence of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
The writer of the Psalm talks about God’s faithfulness to all generations. Some of you know that over the past year I was able, through 23-and-Me and a genealogist, to connect with my genetic family tree for the first time in 64 years. I was even able to connect with three living relatives. So I think about God’s faithfulness to my great-great grandparents as they came to our country from Poland back in the 1800’s, when Poland as a country wasn’t even on the map. I wonder what songs they sang, what prayers they prayed, and if they were aware of God’s love guiding them into a life of new possibilities.
One of my teachers reminds me that while it may be convenient to think of myself as an individual for various purposes, it is more accurate for me to think of myself as one link in a genetic chain that goes far back and will continue far forward. One of my contributions to that chain will be joy, sometimes expressed in the making of a joyful noise to the One who is steadfast and faithful.
As you begin your week, I offer you another “joyful noise” to enjoy- an a Capella number that is very well done. One note: when the music concludes, the vocalists offer their own commercial which you are welcome to skip if you choose.
Rev. Dr. David Kaiser-Cross
For our children:
God of all generations, we pray that your steadfast love and faithfulness would be with our children and their children, that they may know the joy of entering your presence with a song in their hearts. Amen.