Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100: 1-5 (NRSV)
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. Psalm 147: 7 (NRSV)
As the new board chair of a campus ministry, Bobbie Smith Bryant, from Kentucky, was excited to work alongside the eager student-led worship team. They met one Saturday a month to plan weekly services. Bobbie was amazed and encouraged by the dedication of the students who were willing to share their faith with their peers.
Each meeting opened with songs of worship. As Bobbie was not musically inclined, he thought these sessions were entirely too long. He felt that the songs took up too much time that could be better spent in planning and training.
After a few months of these gatherings, his attitude began to shift. Bobbie found that the music moved him in a way that sermons and Bible studies often did not. The music he had once considered a traditional formality became a form of deep and meaningful worship for him. The Lord opened his heart during his years of service with this group, and he felt God's love on a deeper level than he'd ever experienced.
Now whenever the choir or worship band begins their praise music, he recalls the scriptures that teach us to sing out our thanks and praises to God. Even with his limited musical talents, Bobbie happily makes a joyful noise to the Lord.
Prayer: Holy Father, help us to hear your voice during our times of worship, in Jesus' name. Amen.