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
What is that sound? That is usually the question I hear raised when I start to sing. All my life I have been told that I have a terrible voice and that I should never try to sing. Can I just say that sticks and stones may break my bones but words can hurt me more? I know that people like to joke around but I honestly feel that this is a form of bullying. People hurt my feelings saying this to me and because of this, I have found myself wanting to be a “bully” to others when they do not hit the “perfect pitch.” I think that when we engage in such behavior we are taking away a part of a person’s humanity. What do I mean? What I mean is that I believe that God has put the desire to sing in all of us…plain as that. A fun rebuttal might be, “yeah but some of us were made to sing in the shower and others were made to sing on a stage.” The truth that some are better singers then others I will not argue but I believe that all of us should have the freedom to express ourselves through song without the fear of being laughed out of town for it. We do not make fun of children (innocence) and most of the times we keep from making fun of people singing in church (worship) but I think we need to do more then that. I believe we need a total makeover in our thinking of singing.
In Psalm 100 we read these familiar words of “making a joyful noise to the Lord.” Joy, that is what I think about when I think about singing. When I am truly happy I am usually singing, whistling, or humming. Am I great at any of them…nope? Am I always singing to the Lord…nope? I am usually singing the last song I heard. Even though I am not always praising God and even though I have been told (a lot) that I have a terrible voice, I keep singing. Why do I keep singing? I think the side effect of being truly happy and joyful is singing.
Right now at our house we have two amazing children, Sydney who is four and Aiden who is six and when they are happy guess what, they sing! Last night on the way home I was playing the radio and a song came on that my son knew and he started singing and even though it was not “pitch perfect,” my heart was warmed and because of his joy I found joy in a car ride home after a long and tiring day. This morning my daughter and I were coming into work and I was playing a song that I liked but my daughter did not know the words. All of a sudden my daughter started singing, “I love you super much” to her own mad up tune. I turned down the radio so that I could hear her amazing song and she stopped and said, “Dad, why did you turn of the music I was singing that song.” My daughter taught me something in that moment. She was not singing the right tune, she was definitely not singing the right words, and she was not even close to the right beat but her song changed me. I turned off the radio because I wanted to hear my baby girl sing but instead I learned that I turned off the radio so she could teach me about God’s joy.
You see, God loves us so much that He gave us the gift of a voice to sing and praise Him. You might be in a season of your life that you do not feel like singing. You might feel like joy is nothing but a distant thought but let me tell you that joy is available to all. Sometimes we screw up and other times others hurt us and our song gets muted but through the healing presence of the Holy Spirit, you will find your voice again. So do not let the naysayers mute your voice but live into the joy that God has for you and everyone. Go and make a joyful noise to the Lord.
“Thank you so much for reading my blog. I pray that these words will be helpful to you as you continue your walk with Christ. God bless and keep you all of your days.”