4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
All Men Exhorted to Praise God.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving.
1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
What a great privilege it is to praise God on a daily basis. A joyful noise can come in praise and adoration or a joyful song even in our hearts. Some only make noises that sound like a noisy gong but shouldn’t we sound like a beautiful symphony? Not because they cannot sing a tune but because of their attitude.
Let’s say there are two siblings that live in a household. One inspiring, uplifting and encouraging the other always in a bad mood and complaining about everything. Even though they both have the same parents, with equal love and attention, which child would be most pleasing to the parents? The child who is grateful for everything because they appreciate all the blessings that come from the parents.
A joyful noise is just that…an appreciation of thanksgiving to God for His love and all He has done for us. I like this parable because Jesus tells gets right to the matter.
36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”
Parable of Two Debtors
40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”
Our voices can be like amateur concertos where none of the instruments harmonize, rather the sounds are discordant, becoming very obnoxious, ear piercing and noise clamoring. We just want to stop up our ears from listening. On the other hand our voices can be the most beautiful cantata to soothe one’s soul.
James 3:11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
What are some ways we sound like a clamoring gong?
What are some ways we sound like a beautiful symphony?
When a chef boils down to make a reduction it takes time and careful stirring. I think part of our problem is impatience.
A photographer said to me there is a difference between a thrown together meal and a meal that has been made with love, you can taste the difference such as in photography. We end up hodge podging our thoughts into quick fixes, antidotes and remedies to bring quick solutions.
God doesn’t work this way. So the end result of our concoctions are a disgruntled attitude and a discontented spirit because it was never God’s intended will. He is better than a master chef or maestro conductor.
So rather than stewing about how things are not going well or obstacles that seem to get in the way, we need to start praising God because He is in control and there is no better place to be than under God’s providence.
The other problem we have is a lack of confidence in prayer. Why?
Our lack of confidence is really in God’s ability to handle any given situation in our lives.
We can compare our attitudes with that of the Pharisees and that of the woman who was forgiven much. She was weeping, humbling herself beneath the feet of Jesus. The Pharisees thought how rude of this woman to cast her ill ways and touch the Master’s feet. When we develop a cantankerous and haughty spirit our griping isn’t far behind.
Furthermore it leads to a critical spirit that can spew off bitter water and defile many.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
You can’t make peace with a narcissists so best to avoid them completely. They are all about war, confrontation, division and best at playing your ally but really your adversary. A better description is your covert or overt terrorist in your camp.
Offenses will come Jesus said, but how do we handle them… sometimes not too well. We need to consider the provocation and realize is it intended to harm us or was it a simple mistake that flew us into a bit of a frenzy. It is best to use discern before we act or react.
Everyone sees things from their own perspective and things could be quite different in other people’s eyes. Someone may look at a piece of trash and say what a nice sculpture or not even notice it. What is important to us may not be important to them.
What could be our game plan when we feel an uprising in our hearts about something that is like a piece of chalk screeching across the blackboard?
Hebrews 12:1-3 Jesus, the Example
12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.