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Week forty six – ‘joyful noise’

I like singing…particularly when no one else is around to hear me! I’m quite sure that if people were to actually listen to me, ears would bleed…my other half disagreed, but he’s biased 🙂

Anyway, another thing I like doing is joining in with corporate worship in song at church. As much as I’m sure I can’t actually sing like BeyoncĂ© or Hayley Williams, I definitely like adding my ‘joyful noise’ to such an amazing sounding collective song…often times I’m blown away by how the congregation sounds together – it’s beautiful.

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So this Sunday just gone, we were in the middle of some songs during our evening church service when I noticed a young girl with a disability. Nothing out of the ordinary, necessarily – but what really caught me was her participation in the singing. She wasn’t singing the words as they appeared on the screen and she wasn’t in tune. But what she was doing was definitely making a joyful noise to The Lord! With hands raised and head back, she was belting out worship to the One who loves her just as she is and it was the most moving thing I’d seen in a while. It was beautiful. She was beautiful. And I admired her true abandon, as she stood there praising the name of our amazing Creator.

That girl inspired me. She inspired me to throw aside what had held me back in the past about my singing. In that moment, I no longer was afraid of what other people thought of my voice because to God’s ears – my song was just as beautiful as that young girl’s and just as worthy as that of the worship leader.

Be encouraged today to make joyful noise unto The Lord because it’s all pleasing to His ears when it’s for His name and from the heart…

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[Photos courtesy of Pinterest…of course!]

Shout to the LORD, all the earth. Serve the LORD with joy; come before him with singing. Know that the LORD is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends. Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise. Thank him and praise his name. The LORD is good. His love is forever, and his loyalty goes on and on. (Psalms 100:1-5 NCV)

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